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Antwerp Centre for Digital humanities and literary Criticism (ACDC)

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Manuscript study and genetic literary study Finnegans Wake notebooks.

Jewgreek is greekjew. 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2016

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This project studies the manner in which the Greco-Latin cultural tradition interacts with the Jewish-Christian one in the work of James Joyce and in the way this work has been read by literary critics, philosophers and theologians.

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Literature and teh Extended Mind: A reassessment of Modernism. 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017

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This project applies the notion of the 'extended mind' to Modernist literature, by combining cognitive narratology with genetic criticism. A writer's interaction with his or her manuscripts is regarded as part and parcel of the 'extended mind'. This interaction during the writing process can have direct results for the evocation of a character's thought process. Modernism's interest in characters' cognitive processes has often been presented in terms of an 'inward turn'. The project reassesses this view on Modernism.

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Beckett's library: reading traces and their interpretative implications. 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2013

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The marginalia in Samuel Beckett's personal library in his apartment in Paris are the core of this research project. The aim is to (1) investigate the relevance of extant reading traces for the interpretation of Beckett's works; (2) chart the lacunae in Beckett's extant library. The project will result in a monograph 'Samuel Beckett's Library', to be published by Cambridge University Press.

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The Genesis of Samuel Beckett's Novel Comment c'est / How It Is. 01/10/2009 - 30/09/2010

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An electronic genetic-critical edition of Comment c'est/How It Is, encoded in XML (eXtensible Markup Language), to reunite the 14 manuscript versions of Comment c'est (facsimiles and transcription) with their multiple English translations. The edition will offer transcriptions, facsimiles, and a critical apparatus to aid the reader in moving through the text and will be accompanied by a monograph analyzing the genesis of the text.

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From "black as ebony" to "Black as ink": The Dutch and Flemish translations and retellings of "Snow White" in the literary-historical reception of Grimm's fairy tales. 01/10/2008 - 03/02/2012

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This postdoctoral research project charts the most important tendencies in the Flemish and Dutch reception of Grimm's fairy tales. It compares the translations, adaptations, illustrated versions and parodies of "Snow White" with Grimm's source text and interprets the stylistic, structural and thematic shifts in the light of dominant and changing attitudes towards the fairy tale, fantasy literature, children's literature and translated literature.

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From "black as ebony" to "black as ink"; The Dutch and Flemish variants of "Snow White" in the literary-historical reception of Grimm's fairy tales. 01/07/2008 - 31/12/2012

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This project investigates the most important tendencies in the Flemish and Dutch reception of Grimm's fairy tales. It compares the translations, adaptations, illustrated versions and parodies of "Snow White" with Grimm's source text and interprets the stylistic, structural and thematic shifts in the light of the dominant and changing attitudes towards the fairy tale, fantasy literature, children's literature and translated literature.

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Flemish cultural specificity in translation: empirical case-study 19/02/2008 - 30/04/2009

Decomposition: a genetic approach to literary multilingualism. 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2010

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The aim of this project is 1. to reconstruct the composition process of multilingual works of literature; 2. to work out an adequate method of scholarly editing for multilingual works; and 3. to show how genetic criticism can contribute to the interpretation of these works. To this end, an initial distinction will be made between two types of multilingual works. For each type, the late works by one author will serve as case-studies.

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Losing his religion: James Joyce and Religious Faith. 01/03/2006 - 31/12/2007

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Early on James Joyce lost his Catholic faith and this loss became a central theme in his work. But his interest in faith and its absence remained central in his thinking and writing, and this can for the first be document through a thorough study of his manuscripts and notebooks.

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Genesis of the Finnegans Wake Notebooks. 01/10/2005 - 30/09/2015

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This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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New perspectives on fairy tales. Research project on the intertextual dialogue between fairytale criticism and German, English and Dutch fairy-tale retellings in the period from 1970 tot 2000. 01/10/2005 - 30/09/2007

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Ever since children's literature gained its status as a part of literature worthy of academic study, fairy tales have received much attention from critics and scholars, especially the tales that were collected by the Grimm Brothers. 'Adult' literary theories such as feminism, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism have provided interesting new perspectives on the old texts. At the same time there was, and still is, a lively interest in fairy tales on the part of writers and illustrators. Authors invent new tales or rewrite older ones, and the original stories are often published with new, inventive illustrations. In my PHD I investigate the relationship between the theoretical discussion of fairy tales and fictional adaptations or rewritings based on these tales. Both genres often express the same ideas, but have to make use of their own typical characteristics and constraints. Since children have no access to literary criticism, fairy-tale retellings can partly fill in that gap: very often they offer the reader a critical perspective on the Grimm tales.

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James Joyce's Reception in Eastern Europe : Comparative Approach (in relation to his reception in the West). 15/10/2003 - 14/09/2004

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The aim of my research is to explore and study the common features and the differences of the reception of Joyce in Eastern Europe, primarily until his acceptance in the middle of the 1980s. Therefore, I wish to examine the three critical periods from the following angles: their historical background; the significance of the influence of the Western reception; the dates, the number and other circumstances relating to the translations; Joyce's creative reception; Joyce's place in the national curriculum; whether Joyce was ever regarded as a `classic modern' writer; the publication of his works; the publication of foreign criticism on Joyce in translation; the contribution of Eastern European Scholars to Joyce scholarship in general.

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New perspectives on fairy tales. Research project on the intertextual dialogue between fairytale criticism and German, English and Dutch fairy-tale retellings in the period from 1970 tot 2000. 01/10/2003 - 30/09/2005

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Ever since children's literature gained its status as a part of literature worthy of academic study, fairy tales have received much attention from critics and scholars, especially the tales that were collected by the Grimm Brothers. 'Adult' literary theories such as feminism, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism have provided interesting new perspectives on the old texts. At the same time there was, and still is, a lively interest in fairy tales on the part of writers and illustrators. Authors invent new tales or rewrite older ones, and the original stories are often published with new, inventive illustrations. In my PHD I investigate the relationship between the theoretical discussion of fairy tales and fictional adaptations or rewritings based on these tales. Both genres often express the same ideas, but have to make use of their own typical characteristics and constraints. Since children have no access to literary criticism, fairy-tale retellings can partly fill in that gap: very often they offer the reader a critical perspective on the Grimm tales.

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James Joyce: the genesis of "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake" 01/10/2003 - 15/03/2004

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The Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941) ranks among the most important authors of the twentieth century, a status he owes mainly to the technical innovations he introduced in his two major novels, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The interior monologue, stylistic parodies and the mythological framework in the former and the extreme multilingual experiment in the latter book have made Joyce the most influential writer of the modernist generation who has not only decisively shaped modernism but whose influence continues to mark contemporary literature. Since the early eighties, scholars in Ireland, the United States and Belgium have effected a return to the thorough genetic study of Joyce's two majors works. For both Ulysses and Finnegans Wake scholars have begun to study the drafts and notebooks that document the genesis of these two central works. In organizational terms, the impact of genetic studies on what has been called the 'Joyce Industry' has been considerable: there have been regular appearances of 'genetic' panels at all the international Joyce conferences in the last twenty years, a series of conferences in Paris and Antwerp, articles in the specialized journals, collections of essays and books. In the case of Finnegans Wake the most recent tangible result has been the publication of the first six volumes of the so-called Buffalo Notebooks, workbooks in which Joyce collected materials from a wide variety of sources for use in Finnegans Wake. Simultaneously, a lot of work has already been done on the Ulysses notebooks and manuscripts, in a project that joins the expertise of two young scholars in Buffalo with that of Michael Groden, and for which both Daniel Ferrer and Geert Lernout act as advisors. This project has just received a Mellon Grant for a feasibility study for a fully annotated web-based, hypertext archive (the 'Ulysses Archive'), containing the approximately 11,000 pages of manuscripts for James Joyce's novel Ulysses (held in different libraries in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States) and about 5,000 pages of commentary about the manuscripts and the novel. This project aims to be ready by June 2004 when the International James Joyce Foundation will host a conference to celebrate the Bloomsday centenary in Dublin. Daniel Ferrer and Geert Lernout propose to write a comparative study of the note-taking process employed by Joyce during the genesis of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Despite the importance of Joyce in the theory of intertextuality and although in the last fifty years a great number of articles and books have been written on the importance for Joyce of individual writers or books, more general work on Joyce's note-taking has had to wait until the late seventies when the primary documents became more generally available in the James Joyce Archive. Since then scholars have been able to study closely a wide variety of sources that were excerpted by Joyce in his notebooks and then 'harvested' by him and introduced into the drafts of his work. The recent discovery of new notebooks and drafts for Ulysses and Finnegans Wake will allow us to compare Joyce's actual writing strategies.

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James Joyce's Work in Progress: Annotated Timeline. 01/01/2003 - 31/12/2006

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This project attempts to chart the chronology of James Joyce's Work in Progress, i.e., the genesis of Finnegans Wake. In his letters (especially the correspondence with Harriet Shaw Weaver), Joyce often mentions what he is reading or what he is writing. These two activities ' the absorption and the production ' roughly correspond to two kinds of genetic material: the more than fifty notebooks (preserved in Buffalo, NY) and the drafts (most of which are preserved in the British Library). Apart from the dating of this material evidence of the writing process, the timeline will offer a detailed textual account of this dating. The aim of this project is a reconstruction ' as complete and accurate as possible ' of this complex writing process, which lasted seventeen years.

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Mediterranean Joyce. 01/10/2002 - 31/12/2004

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Selection and edition of a collection of papers presented at the International James Joyce Symposium in Trieste. All contributors to the conference will be asked to contribute and then a selection will be made. The "plenary lectures" (by Carla Marengo Vaglio, Thomas F. Staley, Margot Norris, Zack Bowen en Edward Said) will of course be included. The selected papers will be copy-edited and an extensive text by the editors will introduce the theme and the contributors.

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Theoretical implications of electronic scholarly editing. 01/01/2002 - 31/12/2005

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Critics have begun assess the importance of computing on the discipline of scholarly editing. We want to investigate, using the concrete example of James Joyce's 'red-backed' notebook, the possibilities and limitations that an electronic representation of genetic evidence has to offer.

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The influence of James Joyce on European literatures. 01/10/2000 - 30/09/2002

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James Joyce was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and his influence extends to every European literature. The School of Advanced Study of the University of London organises an ambitious comparative research project on the influence of British writers on European literatures. Geert Lernout was asked to coordinate the James Joyce project. Researchers from all over Europe will write essays on their respective literary traditions. A book of 800 pages will be published in 2002 and five years later an electronic database will follow.

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    The narrative gaze of a poete maudit. 01/10/1999 - 30/09/2001

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    A comparative analysis of the relationship between literary source, text and film. Adaptation in Pier Paola Pasolini's Il vangelo secondo Matteo, Edipo Re I racconti di Canterbury.

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      James Joyce & Co: Collaborative Authorship in Finnegans Wake 01/10/1999 - 30/09/2000

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      James Joyce did not write his book Finnegans Wake singlehandedly: because of ill-health and different eye-operations, for long periods he was incapable of writing on his own. Some critics have claimed that the book is the result of a literary collaboration with a whole group of helpers. In this study I want to use genetic evidence to find out in how far this claim conforms to the facts.

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        Emancipation and imperialism : a study in literary theory. 28/02/1999 - 30/11/1999

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        Indian writing in English functions as a horizon for a study of the effects of colonial rule and the realities of post-colonial existence. The clash between imperialism and emancipation is looked at within the framework of Indian political thinkers, postcolonial theorists, and a rereading is offered of the works of R.K. Narayan, Anita Desai and V.S. Naipaul.

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          Hypertext and the encyclopedic novel. 01/01/1998 - 31/12/1999

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          The aim of this project is to study the compatibility of the encyclopedie novel and the notion of hypertext. Thc encyclopedie novel, i.e. a novel that gives the reader the impression of an overall picture of human knowledge and experience, is hardly legible without the aid of several reference works. On the one hand, therefore, this project wants to work out a strategy for the hypertextual edition of twentieth-century encyclopedic novels.On the other hand, these hypertext applications should also be studied theoretically. No matter how encyclopedic a novel may be, the overall picture of human knowledge and experience is just an impression. lf a more sophisticated medium manages to make the impression more 'real', this only proves the increased refinement of the illusion.

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            Electronic edition of James Joyce's "red-backed notebook". 01/01/1998 - 31/12/1998

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            The 'red-backed notebook' is a crucial document in the genetic history of Finnegans Wake, the most important work by the Irish writer James Joyce. We want to create an electronic edition of the document which will enable the reader to consult it both telelogically (in functin of where the different texts ended up in the final version) and chronologically (the order in which it was written).

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              Transcription and edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake notebooks. 01/11/1997 - 30/10/1999

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              A complete and critical edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake notebooks. The text will be located in the finished text and in the draft history.

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                The narrative gaze of a poete maudit. 01/10/1997 - 30/09/1999

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                A comparative analysis of the relationship between literary source, text and film. Adaptation in Pier Paola Pasolini's Il vangelo secondo Matteo, Edipo Re I racconti di Canterbury.

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                  01/03/1997 - 31/05/1997

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                    Socio-cultural interface between the Antwerp Jewish community and the Province of Antwerp after 1945. 01/01/1997 - 31/12/1997

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                    The Jewish community in Antwerp is a distinct social and cultural group which participates in the larger socio-cultural context but is also separate from it. This study will investigate in what ways the Jewish community influences the wider Antwerp culture and vice-versa.

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                      Garland archive of the early works of James Joyce. 01/01/1997 - 31/12/1997

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                      The UIA-library does not have the early volumes of the complete facsimile edition of James Jocyce's drafts and manuscripts. This project will allow us to buy the missing 27 volumes.

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                        Books on genetic theory. 01/01/1997 - 31/12/1997

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                        This project allows the Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen library to buy books on genetic theory that would be too expensive otherwise.

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                          The modernist text : a genetic approach. 01/01/1996 - 31/12/1997

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                          A comparison of the writing process of three modernist works : Ulysses, A la recherche du temps perdu, Der Zauberberg.

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                            Gender and genre in the second half of the nineteenth century. An analysis of the way genre is gendered in the literary field. 01/07/1995 - 30/06/1997

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                            A comparative study of how in the discourse and practice of the literary field genres and their hierarchy are related to gender. The study is limited to Flaubert, Charlotte Bronte and Truitje Bosboom-Toussaint.

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                              The Frontiers of Modernism. 01/01/1995 - 31/12/1998

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                              Terminological and methodological elaboration of the notion Modernism, consisting in a series of case studies of modernist authors and in comparative approaches, with special attention for the relation between literature and other arts, included film; special focus on the development of literary theory and on the emerging sciences of the humanities.

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                                Critical edition of Joyce's Finnegans Wake workbooks. 01/01/1993 - 31/12/1994

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                                A critical edition of Notebooks VI B 1, 2, 7, 9; complete transcription, tracing of deleted items in the genesis of Finnegans Wake. Formulation of a theoretical framework for the genetic study of Joyce's last novel.

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                                  A critical edition of Finnegans Wake Notebooks VI.B.25, VI.B.9 and VI.B 7 : establishment of the text, full transcription. 01/01/1993 - 31/12/1993

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                                  A critical edition of Notebooks VI.B25, VI.B. 9? VI.B.7; full transcription, tracing of crossed-out items in the genetic development of Finnegans Wake, identifying of sources.

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                                    A critical edition of Finnegans Wake Notebooks; establishment of ì a theoretical framework for editorial work on James Joyce's last ì novelì 01/10/1991 - 31/12/1992

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                                    A critical edition of Notebooks VI.B.22, VI.B.26; VI.B.23 and VI.B.8; full transcription, tracing of crossed-out items in the genesis of Finnegans Wake, identification of sources. Establishment of theoretical framework for the genetic study of Joyce's last novel.

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                                      01/01/1991 - 31/12/1991

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                                        01/01/1991 - 31/12/1991

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