James Joyce


BARGER, JORN (jorn@robotwisdom.com): a WWW assemblage at
This assemblage includes various photographs of Joyce, general information and critical notes on Joycean genetics. Also of interest are the various links to existing versions of Joyce's works on the Internet.

DOWNING, GREG: "Joyce's 'Oxen of the Sun' Notesheets: A Transcription and Sourcing of the Stylistic Entries: A Compilation of the Existing Transcriptions and Sourcings, Supplemented by New Sourcing Work. First Installment: Notesheet 1 and the Left-Hand Column of Entries on Notesheet 2." Genetic Joyce Studies 2 (Spring 2002).

(mgroden@uwo.ca): DIGITAL ULYSSES. This hypermedia and multimedia annotated version of Ulysses is currently on hiatus.

(95njk@williams.edu): {in progress}, a hypertext application for {Ulysses} to be accessible via the WWW (limited to local access, though, unless copyright issues can be resolved).  The application will be centred around the text of {Ulysses} (copyright allowing) and Don Gifford's {Notes for Joyce} (copyright resolved). Clicking with a mouse anywhere on the text will show Gifford's annotations for that part of the text.  Images appropriate to that portion of the text, an on-line dictionary, a calendar of events, and other reference works will also be immediately available.  Each student will be able to annotate the text, and to read other's annotations.  It will differ from most other hypertext application because of its emphasis on a communal text that can be added to by any user. The text of {Ulysses} will be html-ed beforehand with a Perl script such that each word is a link to a Perl CGI script.  When a word is selected, that word and the line and page number it occurs on will be passed to the Perl script.  The Perl script will pass this data on to a variety of subroutines, and a *command centre* screen will be generated based on what information is available in the databases for that part of the text.  Some information will be presented on this screen immediately, and sometimes it will be referred to as a link.

(joyce@es.unizh.ch): {available}, a hypertext version of a paragraph from {Finnegans Wake} called {HyperWake}. This project was  first conceived five years ago and was on show at a Joyce exhibition in 1991 (*Joyce and Cage*), part of Zurich June Festival. The following is a quote from the exhibition’s description: *In our James Joyce exhibition we put up a little trial run of {Finnegans Wake} on computers.

HyperWake is simply a labyrinthine presentation of 6.13-28 ("Shize . fuddled, O!"), a sort of extended annotation. You can hear the text (spoken by two different Irish voices), switch to 2 German and a French or an Italian translation; or follow the text's growth and genesis in several stages (in facsimile and transcriptions); the main part is a sentence by sentence annotation, with further thematic groupings and cross-references, as well as a marginal fringe of further echoes. And you can listen to the respective songs. This pristine version is entirely didactic and intended for non-Wakeans, to give them some feel of the text's behaviour. In also puts some of its fun and the intricate nature across. It might become a prototype for insiders and computer experts more skilled than we have been up to now. Of course the main point is that everything will become expandable ad libitum. I hope some others can take up the (not very original) idea and principle and develop it. It had to be done sooner or later. Something like it could become the basis of a communal effort to be locally adapted and trimmed for class room, introductory, or special uses. Naturally we'll pass it around for further development.* The technical aspects of HyperWake were devised by Andrea Ventura, using SuperCard (which Fritz suggests is not suitable for longer texts). The existing HyperWake sample was also shown in a corner of the Dublin Symposium in 1992, and once at a Joyce conference in Trieste.

THEALL, DONALD & TIM SZELINGER {available}, the first e-texts of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake on the Internet , produced in 1990 when the copyright laws permitted it, and which in an updated version are listed at http://www.trentu.ca/jjoyce/. His work on Joyce goes back to the McLuhan-Carpenter journal Explorations where in 1953 he published an article on Joyce and communications.

The Finnegans Web web site created and maintained by Tim Szeliga contains a complete on-line HTML version of the entire text of Finnegans Wake in which it is possible to go to any specific page or section by a single click from the Home Page. It also permits through a fuzzy association AGREP searcher, and it also contains links to the various concordances for searching.

The text, originally created for my own research work was scanned, then edited and proofread by my wife, Joan, and me, assisted by my research assistants at Trent University. To enhance the proof-reading we used an electronic version of Hart's Concordance - provided by the University of Chicago's French electronic text program director - to do spell checking. We did this by teasing WordPerfect to believe that the Concordance was an Icelandic dictionary.

The preparation of the text took place in the late 1980s under a grant from Trent University and in the 1990s with aid of later research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research council of Canada. Since we decided to share it with anyone interested in Joyce, the original text was posted in 1991 at Trent as a FTP version of the Wake just as the Wake went off copyright in countries assenting to the Berne Convention.

(We also developed an electronic text we also of Ulysses). There was some initial unrest about it from the Joyce Estate, but the texts were off copyright in Canada and in those countries that had endorsed the Berne Convention (most European and many other countries throughout the world.) 

Around 1994 Tim Szeliga contacted me about the possibility of putting it on the Web and offered to do so. I was able to arrange with Trent University for Web Space and thus "Finnegans Web" began. Since then further additions have incorporated line by line line references from the work of Bill Cadbury and others done in the early 1990s. We have also posted copies of Mark Troy's book, The Mummeries, important early genetic material by Jorn Barger and a file of some sections of my books and of my articles. These latter at the moment are still in FTP format, but can be accessed by those with browsers having the capability to do so. 

The address of Finnegans Web is http://www.trentu.ca/jjoyce, which brings one to the Home Page from which the text and all other facilities can be reached. We all owe many thanks to our fellow list member, Tim Szeliga, for making all this possible. 

As a supplement to this, the question of searching an item in the Wake has come up. One way to do it, of course, is to use the fuzzy association AGREP searcher at Finnegans Web; another is to follow the concordance route recently outlined on the FW List. But for those who want to go to the effort there is a third much more powerful way to do this. That is to use the University of Toronto developed Text Analysis and Concordancing Tools (T.A.C.T.) which is available as software through the MLA (Modern Language Association) with a manual for $50 or downloadable free still I believe from McMaster University's web site. 

The problem with the TACT approach is that you need an electronic text of the Wake, which is download able from Trent, but then you have to develop it into a TACT database, which takes a few hours of work. But that done you have an extremely rapid and powerful search system. I have been using this method since 1991 and have found it incredibly useful in searching the Wake.

It may be that an electronic text of the Wake is available also from the Oxford Text Archives for we gave them a copy of ours in 1991 or 1992, but they were temporarily forced to take it out of circulation by the Joyce Estate. (A rather silly move, since electronic versions would, on the whole, encourage people also to buy the books.) 

Since doing TACT Databases is complicated, I would be prepared experimentally to try to provide one or two individuals in countries where it is legal to do so with a copy providing they were then willing to provide copies with no extra charges to others who might request them I would require a CD-ROM from the volunteer to burn it on and would expect to have the mailing costs both ways covered. Initially this would only be for one or two people on an experimental basis, and further distribution would depend on them.

But, of course, it would be necessary for anyone using them to have the TACT software. Information about it can be found at: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/tact/ An account of my use of this software appeared in a special issue of Text Technology and it also can be found somewhere at the above web site of the Society for Computing in the Humanities at the University of Toronto. --Donald F. Theall

Concordance Text Search - Omnicordia V-1.5

This site offers keyword search facilities for Dubliners, A Portrait, Ulysses & Finnegans Wake.

An independent ftp site for Joyce papers operated by Mark Nunes. The address is: <ftp dekalb.dc.peachnet.edu>. Login as <anonymous> and give your e-mail address as a password. If you would like to contribute a paper to this site, send to: <cd incoming> put <filename>. Contributions will then moved to the Joyce directory. You can also access this archive by way of gopher. If you have never used ftp, you can mail your document to Nunes and he will handle the rest (if you do mail him, please suggest what you'd like him to call the document): <mnunes@gpc.peachnet.edu>.

The Joyce Calendar: a Chronological Listing of Published and Unpublished Letters by James Joyce. This is a computer listing of over 3000 published and unpublished letters written by JJ. Each entry includes the date and recipient of each letter, the address from which JJ wrote, publication history, present location, and other information. {The Joyce Calendar} includes a handy bound introduction explaining the compilation process and the arrangement of entries, a bibliography of printed sources containing JJ letters, a list of known repositories ... Portions of {The Joyce Calendar} appeared in {Joyce Studies Annual} 1992 and 1994. The revised version is available on 3.5" computer disks formatted for Mac or DOS. The list was compiled in Microsoft Word 5.1a. The price for the 2-disk set is $15. (plus $1. postage). Indicate format (Apple or DOS) when ordering. A printed version is also available ($20. + $2.50 postage). Texas residents add 8 percent sales tax. Orders: The Joyce Calendar, Joyce Studies Annual, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219 (FAX: 512 471-9646).

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