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Ulysses in FocusGenetic, Textual, and Personal Views$
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Michael Groden

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034980

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034980.001.0001

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The Archive in Transition

The Archive in Transition

The National Library of Ireland’s New Joyce Manuscripts

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Ulysses in Focus

Michael Groden

University Press of Florida

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

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