The Archive in Transition

Michael Groden

in Ulysses in Focus

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034980
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038520 | DOI:
The Archive in Transition

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This chapter recounts from a personal viewpoint the scholarly, genetic activity of working with the National Library of Ireland as it acquired its new Joyce manuscripts and also offers three short examples from the new manuscripts. The chapter narrates experiences of reconstructing Joyce's writing processes. The task for the National Library was threefold: to report on the documents' authenticity, contents, and value. The new Ulysses manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland are allowing scholars to begin to develop a more detailed and subtler sense of the drumskin on which Joyce tapped out his book. The gap between the known and the unknown will never be fully closed, but in small and large ways, the new manuscripts will help scholars of Joyce's writing processes move a little farther toward the known.

Keywords: archive; National Library of Ireland; manuscripts; James Joyce; writing processes; Ulysses

Chapter.  8110 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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