Celebrating a century of Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


Hello again to all of our readers – we hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas, and wish you all the best in 2017!

Once again, we find ourselves apologising for a lack of posting over the past week or two – as usual, it means we’ve been cooking something up.  And today, on the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, I am delighted to be able to announce that our latest project has launched!


The Nation, Genre and Gender team have come together with the well-known Irish actors Sam and Barry McGovern, and the good people at Athena Media, to create a digital multimedia edition of James Joyce’s first novel, based on the text of the edition first published on December 29th, 1916.  Our edition includes an audiobook, a new introduction by our own Prof. Gerardine Meaney, beautiful images from the UCD Digital Collections and the National Library of Ireland, and a comprehensive map of locations in the novel.  For this project, we’ve also created an exact replica of the text of the original edition.

Our edition comes complete with the original typos, which not every edition of A Portrait of the Artist can boast…

This may be a less exciting feature for many of our readers, but for us literary researchers it’s a fairly big deal – as far as we’re aware, there was no plain text version of this edition of the novel available, before we created it!

If  you’re already an avid Joyce fan, in need of something new and challenging to listen to on your daily commute, or simply interested in taking a peek at something you heard about on RTÉ News (!!!), you can explore the digital multimedia edition of the novel here.

Thanks for bearing with us while we’ve been working on this, and we hope you enjoy it!

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