About and Use


*This new website represents a move from the old to the more responsive blog formats that have come to populate the world wide web today. When reading the essays, enjoy hovering over parts to get citations and further information, while also clicking the links to follow portals into the ever-expanding web of Joyce’s network.*

Hypermedia Joyce Studies was founded in 1994 as a refereed journal of criticism and scholarship on the works of James Joyce. HJS publishes all its articles electronically on the World Wide Web and its form of publication makes it different from, and a complement to, other outlets for Joyce scholarship.

Hypermedia Joyce Studies was initiated by Rob Callahan and Louis Armand. The original editorial board also included Alan Roughley and Julian Croft. The first issue was launched in December 1995, to coincide with the MLA convention in Chicago and a panel, chaired by Margot Norris, on “Theorising Knowledge in Joyce: Intertextual, Encyclopaedic, Hypertextual.”

This panel included papers by, among others, Michael Groden and Louis Armand.
In June of the same year, Brown University had hosted the biannual North American Joyce conference, convened by Robert Scholes. Daniel Ferrer gave a keynote speech on Joyce, hypertext and textual genetics, along with a presentation that involved members of the Intermedia Lab. The Brown conference was also the occasion of the first panel discussion of Joyce and hypertext, chaired by Morris Beja, & involving Louis Armand, Jim LeBlanc & Bill Brockman.

Many future hypertext projects were discussed during the Brown conference, and HJS was very much part of a larger impetus in the direction of engaging with hypertext and other “Joyce media.”

The first edition of HJS featured work by Thomas Jackson Rice, Donald Theall, Darren Tofts, Fritz Senn, Derek Attridge, Michael Ditmore, Alan Roughley and Louis Armand. Since then, Donald Theall has published his two major studies of Joyce and technology (Beyond the Word, and James Joyce’s Techno-poetics).