The Necessary Fiction: Life With James Joyce's Ulysses, my memoir about spending an adult lifetime with Joyce's novel, has been accepted for publication by Edward Everett Root (Brighton, UK). It will appear in Fall 2019.
The alumni association of the high school in suburban
Buffalo that I attended - Kenmore East
High School - has selected me for inclusion in the
East Hall of Distinction. The induction ceremony
will take place in the school auditorium on May 12,
I was involved in five different ways at "Diasporic Joyce: The 2017 North American James Joyce Conference," which was held in Toronto from June 21 to 24, 2017. I gave a talk at a panel that I shared with William Brockman called "Joyce's Unpublished Letters: A Progress Report." I co-led two "Ulysses Reading Group" sessions with Austin Briggs. I was the respondent to the papers presented on a panel called "Jimtimacies: At Home with Joyce," and I chaired a session called "The Transnational Genetics of Ulysses."
On March 6 and again on May 11, 2017 I was interviewed
on WNYC radio's Leonard Lopate
Show about Ulysses as part of the Leonard
Lopate Book Club. The March 6 interview can be
streamed or downloaded here
and the May 11 interview, which also featured novelist
Colum McCann, here.
To stream either one, use the "Listen" button. To
download an MP3 file, click the three dots to the right
of "+Queue" and follow the instructions.
Ulysses in Toronto: Over five mornings in July
2016 (July 18-22) I led a seminar called "'Who's
he when he's at home?': James Joyce's Ulysses"
Pursuits and its Toronto
Pursuits program. In July 2015 (July 20-24) I led
a similar seminar called "'You
Can Do It!': James Joyce's Ulysses." I
wrote a blog piece called "Feeling
at Home with Ulysses" in conjunction with
the 2016 seminar and one called "Ulysses
Can Change Your Life" in conjunction with the 2015
seminar. A video
from the 2015 Toronto Pursuits events is available on
"The Joyce of Music." In February 2016, I taught a three-session class called "The Joyce of Music" at the 92nd Street Y's Unterberg Poetry Center. We read and discussed Joyce's poetry and selections from his prose works that feature songs and other types of music. The class schedule is available here.
"Reading Finnegans Wake": In
February and March 2015, I taught a four-session class
called "Reading Finnegans Wake" at the 92nd Street Y's Unterberg
Poetry Center in New York City. We read and
discussed about 100 pages from Joyce's forbidding but
fascinating last book. The class schedule is available here.
My first book, "Ulysses" in Progress (Princeton University Press, 1977), was returned to print in paperback in 2014 in the Princeton Legacy Library series.
On May 22, 2014 at a retirement
party in Toronto sponsored by Western Alumni, I
gave a short talk called "The Necessary Fiction: A Life
with Ulysses – or Why Ulysses Matters to
On April 10, 2014 at a retirement colloquium at Western University, I
gave a talk called "Drafts of a Novel, Drafts of a Life:
On May 6, 2013, I gave a talk called "'Me. And me now': Writing About a Life with Ulysses" at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
On April 19, 2013, I delivered a public lecture, "Ulysses: The Necessary Fiction," as part of the Modernist Versions Project's "Year of Ulysses." The talk was presented by the Modernist Versions Project and the University of Toronto's Modernist Reading and Research Group. It was videorecorded, and you can watch it here (click on the link to my talk at right) or here.
I contributed a short piece about Ulysses
to "Into the Future: Western News Celebrates 40
Years," a special issue of the University of Western
Ontario's weekly newspaper (November 15, 2012). The
article is available online.
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary
Theory and Criticism, 2nd ed. (2005) has been translated
into Chinese by Feng-Zhen Wang, published by the Foreign Language Teaching
and Research Press in Beijing in 2011.
I was interviewed about Ulysses
by Daniel D'Angelo for The Writer's Chronicle,
a publication of AWP (the Association of Writers and
Writing Programs). The interview appears in the
October/November 2012 issue of The Writer's
Chronicle (volume 45, number 2), pp. 84-85, and
At the 23rd International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin in June 2012, I participated in a roundtable discussion of Bruce Arnold's 1990 film, "The Scandal of Ulysses," and, with Austin Briggs, led a two-session "Ulysses Reading Group."
I was interviewed for "In Bed With Ulysses," a documentary film about Ulysses that was produced and directed by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna. The film was released in June 2012. Read the New York Times review here.
On February 3, 2012, I gave an invited talk called "James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Public-Domain Man" at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The talk was part of the Gallery's and Riverrun's 9th Annual James Joyce Celebration, "Joyce Unbound: James Joyce Enters the Public Domain."
On October 6, 2011, I gave a short talk, "The Necessary Fiction," as part of panel on "What Does My Ph.D. Have to Do With Me?" in the Department of English Colloquium Series at the University of Western Ontario.
I wrote a short piece, "Bloomsday: A Very Brief History," for Radio Bloomsday, which was broadcast on WBAI-FM (New York) and wbai.org on June 16, 2011. Producer Larry Josephson read the piece during the broadcast. The text is available online.
In 2011 I was awarded the Hellmuth
Prize for Achievement in Research, the University
of Western Ontario's most prestigious award for
research. The award was presented at a ceremony on May
20, 2011, where I gave a short talk. A video
of my talk is on YouTube, as is a
video of the introduction to the ceremony and the
talk by my co-recipient, Dr. Ann Chambers, Dept. of
At the May 11, 2011 meeting of the James Joyce Society of New York - a meeting that celebrated my new book "Ulysses" in Focus: Genetic, Textual, and Personal Views - I gave a talk, "Ulysses - and Us?"
On April 3, 2011 I presented a short talk, "Raging Bully," as part of a Roundtable on Copyright Practices and Problems at a conference called "The Quote's the Thing: Negotiating Copyright in Scholarly Criticism," held at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo Law School.
On October 7, 2010 I delivered a public lecture, "Why Study Manuscripts? Living and Working with Ulysses and With Joyce's Manuscripts for His Novel," at Vanderbilt University.