Electronic Journal for the Study of James Joyce's Works in Progress

An initiative of the Antwerp James Joyce Center , University of Antwerp, Belgium

Editorial board: Bill Cadbury, Luca Crispi, Daniel Ferrer, Hans Walter Gabler, Michael Groden, Geert Lernout, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Joe Schork, Fritz Senn, Sam Slote -- Editor: Dirk Van Hulle

ISSN 2031-9002

A new issue of Genetic Joyce Studies will be posted every year. 
Please contact us if you would like to be kept informed about intermediate updates ( ).

The Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp) presents the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. The first module offers a genetic essay and a genetic edition of Stirrings Still / Soubresauts and Comment dire / what is the word.

ISSUE 14 (Spring 2014)

Sarah Davison
Oxtail Soup: Dialects of English in the Tailpiece of the ‘Oxen of the Sun’ episode of Ulysses [HTML - PDF]

Daniel Ferrer
VI.B.17 a Reconstruction (Part I)

Barry Devine
“Daren’t joke about the dead”: James Joyce’s Concerted Effort to Include Humor in the “Hades” Episode of Ulysses

Robbert-Jan Henkes
2 weeks in the life of James Joyce: as gleaned from his 1923 Notebook VI.B.2 Nativities (revised version)

Robbert-Jan Henkes
2 more weeks in the life of James Joyce: as gleaned from his 1923 Notebook VI.B.2 Nativities

Tekla Mecsnóber
A Notion of Joyce’s Time: Interpreting the Diacritics of Finnegans Wake 124.8–12 [HTML - PDF]

James O’Sullivan
Finn’s Hotel and the Joycean Canon

Chrissie Van Mierlo
‘Oxen of the Sun’ Notesheet 17: Commentary and Annotations with a New List of Sources, and Transcriptions or Oxtail Soup: the Ingredients

ISSUE 13 (Spring 2013)

Luca Crispi
Joyce at Work on Ulysses: 1917-22:

A Census of the Extant Ulysses Manuscripts by Episode
A Chronological List of the Extant Ulysses Manuscripts and Typescripts
A Chronology of Ulysses in Proofs: June 1921 to February 1922 (Paris)

Philip Keel Geheber
Allround Lenehan and the Art of the Remix

Robbert-Jan Henkes
2 weeks in the life of James Joyce

Terence Killeen
Tackling the "errears and erroriboose": Another Look at the Rose/O'Hanlon Finnegans Wake

Viviana Mirela Braslasu
A New Source in Notebook VI.B.7: SONGS OF THE HEBRIDES

ISSUE 12 (Spring 2012)

Maria Grazia Tonetto
Joyce's Vision of Realism: A New Source

Matthew Hayward
Reconsidering Joyce's 'Notes on Business and Commerce.'

Robbert-Jan Henkes
Before King Roderick Became Publican in Chapelizod; The origins of the origins of Finnegans Wake

Martin Brick
Joyce's Overlisting Eshtree: A Genetic Approach to Sacred Trees in Finnegans Wake

Ronan Crowley and Geert Lernout
Joseph MacCabe in Ulysses

Robbert-Jan Henkes and Mikio Fuse

I. New Sources in Lost Notebook D1
II. Notes towards a Methodology of Reconstructive Paleoarcheographology: a correspondence over email
III. A Methodology of Conjectural Reconstruction
Appendix. How Joyce expanded his Night Lessons with the D1 notes in C2

Viviana Mirela Braslasu
Further Emendations to Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.16

Wim Van Mierlo
“For polemypolity’s sake”: Editing Finnegans Wake — A Consideration and Review

Jaya Savige
'Transfer of Interest': Joyce's Notes on Business and Commerce as Avant-Texte

ISSUE 11 (Spring 2011)

Luca Crispi
A First Foray into the National Library of Ireland's Joyce Manuscripts: Bloomsday 2011

Notes on Dante and Italian Vocabulary: 1897–8 (MS 36,639/01)
Early Commonplace Book: 1903–12 (MS 36,639/02/A)
Early Ulysses 'Subject Notebook for Drafts: 1917 (MS 36,639/03)
I. Later Ulysses Notebook: February–May 1921 (MS 36,639/04)
II. Later Ulysses Notebook: February–May 1921 (MS 36,639/05/A)
III. Later Ulysses Notebook: January–February 1921 (MS 36,639/05/B)
Earlier Typescript Schema for Ulysses: November 1921 (MS 36,639/06)
Earlier Partial Drafts of 'Proteus' and 'Sirens' and Notes: 1917 (MSS 36,639/07/A–B)
Complete Earlier Draft of 'Scylla and Charybdis': 1918 (MSS 36,639/08/A–C)
Partial Later Draft of 'Sirens': 1919 (MS 36,639/09)
Scenes and Fragmentary Tests for 'Cyclops': June 1919 (MS 36,639/10)

Jonathan McCreedy
"Ocone! Ocone!": ALP's 3D Siglum and Dolph's "Dainty" Diagram

Ronan Crowley and Geert Lernout
Circe's world wide web: Joseph MacCabe's The Religion of Woman: An Historical Study (1905) in Ulysses

Mikio Fuse, Robbert-Jan Henkes, Katrin Van Herbruggen and Geert Lernout
Emendations to the Transcription of Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.10

ISSUE 10 (Spring 2010)

Jonathan McCreedy
“Everyword for oneself but Code for us all!”: The Shapes of Sigla in Finnegans Wake.

Jefferey Simons
Spanish Verse Brought to Light in the Cornell Joyce Collection

Michelle Witen
The Mystery of the Fuga per Canonem Reopened?

Guillermo Sanz Gallego
Boylan's fugue in 'Sirens'

Robbert-Jan Henkes
Re:Reading in the Rain: Newer Sources and Holiday Reading in the Prairies (VI.B.14) Notebook

Mikio Fuse, Robbert-Jan Henkes and Geert Lernout
Emendations to the Transcription of Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.14

ISSUE 9 (Spring 2009)

Luca Crispi
A Commentary on James Joyce's National Library of Ireland 'Early Commonplace Book': 1903–1912 (MS 36,639/02/A)

Sarah Davison
Joyce's Incorporation of Literary Sources in 'Oxen of the Sun'

Jeff Drouin
Early Sources for Joyce and the New Physics: the 'Wandering Rocks' Manuscript, Dora Marsden, and Magazine Culture

Robbert-Jan Henkes
Irish Rivers Nr. X, The Tolka

Jack Dalton, Mikio Fuse, Robbert-Jan Henkes and Geert Lernout
Emendations to Finnegans Wake notebook VI.B.16

Robbert-Jan Henkes and Geert Lernout
My Life and the Erotic Hounds of Banba: Three New Sources in Notebook Z'ch B.03

Mikio Fuse, Robbert-Jan Henkes and Geert Lernout
Further Emendations to Finnegans Wake notebook VI.B.3

ISSUE 8 (Spring 2008)

Robbert-Jan Henkes
Reading in the Rain. New Sources in the Owldeed (VI.B.5) and Prairies (VI.B.14) Notebooks.

Ilaria Natali
"This diverting chase of the presumable": procedures of rewriting in the dossier of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Robbert-Jan Henkes
James Joyce in Africa. An Expedition to the Sources of the Wake.

Luca Crispi and Ronan Crowley
The Ulysses Proof^finder

Page Proofs
Proofs by Episode

Mikio Fuse and Robbert-Jan Henkes
Emendations to the Transcription of Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.5

Katrin Van Herbruggen
Finnegans Wake Notebook Timeline (opens in a new window)

ISSUE 7 (Spring 2007)

Susan Brown
The Mystery of the Fuga per Canonem Solved

Scarlett Baron
Joyce's 'holiday wisdom': 'Gustave Flaubert can rest having made me.'

Wim Van Mierlo
The Subject Notebook: A Nexus in the Composition History of Ulysses-A Preliminary Analysis

Ronan Crowley
'The Hand that Wrote Ulysses' and the Avant-Texte of 'Wandering Rocks'

Wim Van Mierlo
James Joyce and Caradoc Evans

Mikio Fuse
Japanese in VI.B.12: Some Supplementary Notes


ISSUE 6 (Spring 2006)

Mark Nixon
'Guess where': From Reading to Writing in Beckett

Ilaria Natali
"Adrift with adraft": A Genetic Reading of Pomes Penyeach

Alistair McCleery
Collating the Pirate and the Professionals: Preliminary Analysis of the Texts of Ulysses 1927-1934

Matthew Feldman
Returning to Beckett Returning to the Presocratics, or, 'All their balls about being and existing'

Jed Deppman
Joyce and the Case for Genetic Criticism

Ronan Crowley
"His Dark Materials": Joyce's "Scribblings" and the Notes for 'Circe' in the National Library of Ireland

Édouard Magessa O'Reilly
Molloy, Part II, Where the Shit Hits the Fan. Ballyba's Economy and the Worth of the World

Raphael Slepon
'Fweets of Fin': Towards a Web-based Finnegans Wake Research Tool

ISSUE 5 (Spring 2005)

Patrick A. McCarthy
Attempts at Narration in Finnegans Wake

Valérie Bénéjam
Passports, Ports, and Portraits: Joyce's Harbouring of Irish Identity

Eli Lassmann
A Source for Joyce's Notes on 'Indian outcasts' for Finnegans Wake II.1

Sam Slote
Epiphanic "Proteus"

Mikio Fuse
Emendations to the Transcription of Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.03

Mikio Fuse
Emendations to the Transcription of Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.25


ISSUE 4 (Spring 2004)

Hans Walter Gabler
James Joyce Interpreneur

Francisco García Tortosa
Tracing the Origins of Spanish in Joyce: A Sourcebook for the Spanish Vocabulary in Buffalo notebook VI.B.23

Stacey Herbert
A Draft for "Ulysses in Print: the Family Tree": An Installation for the Exhibition "James Joyce and Ulysses at the National Library Ireland"

Robbert-Jan Henkes & Erik Bindervoet
Finnegans Wake, the Corrected Text

Luca Crispi
Manuscript Timeline 1905-1922

Katrin Van Herbruggen
Notes Toward a Timeline of Work in Progress

Robbert-Jan Henkes & Erik Bindervoet
Oversystematizing the Wake: the Quiz chapter as the key to a potential schema for Finnegans Wake


ISSUE 3 (Spring 2003)

Luca Crispi
Note on the Tulsa Proofs

Robbert-Jan Henkes and Erik Bindervoet
The Tulsey Town Treasure Trove: Preliminary Report on the Rediscovered Finnegans Wake Proofs

Finn Fordham
The Transfer from Notebooks to Drafts in 'Work in Progress'

Mikio Fuse and others
Emendations to the Transcription of Finnegans Wake Notebook VI.B.29

Special Issue: 25th Anniversary of the James Joyce Archive

David Hayman
Bringing Out the Archive: Memories

Fritz Senn
Genetic Fascination

Hans Walter Gabler
The James Joyce Archive: A Publisher's Gift to Joyce Studies

Luca Crispi
The James Joyce Archive from an Archival Perspective

R. J. Schork
The First Generation of the JJA

Bill Cadbury
Thoughts on the Necessity of Redoing the Archive

ISSUE 2 (Spring 2002)

Yasuo Kumagai
'Takaoki Katta' (VI.B.12:113)

Wim Van Mierlo and Ingeborg Landuyt
Catholicism, Nationalism, and Exile : Sheed and Ward's Irish Way in VI.B.34

Greg Downing
Joyce's "Oxen of the Sun" Notesheets: A Transcription and Sourcing of the Stylistic Entries

Robert Janusko
Further Oxcavations

Louis Armand
Enzymes, Reverse Transcriptions and the Technogeneses of Finnegans Wake

Sam Slote
A Second Look at the First-Draft Version of "Finnegans Wake"

Geert Lernout
Dating the Finnegans Wake Drafts

ISSUE 1 (Spring 2001)

Sam Slote
Sound-bite Against the Restoration

Laurent Milesi
Supplementing Babel: Paget in VI.B.32

Bill Cadbury
Development, in the Plebiscite, of and away from the Bywaters Case

Ingeborg Landuyt
'Shaun MacCormack'

Aida Yared
Introducing Islam in Finnegans Wake: The Story of Mohammed in VI.B.45


This section offers a set of research tools that may be of use for genetic investigations (lists of books ordered by James Joyce, a bibliography of genetic Joyce research, chronological surveys of prepublications, etc.). This cooperative site is also a forum for queries: for instance, the editors of The “Finnegans Wake” Notebooks at Buffalo give notice of unsolved enigmas concerning the sources of specific entries. Any help is welcome and will be acknowledged in the edition.

Transmissional departures, variants or dead ends in the writing process tend to disappear in the mass of manuscripts. Thanks to genetic research, isolated lost words are rediscovered occasionally by different researchers. Our Lost & Found section is designed to collect these textual items, accompanied by short textual notes concerning the circumstances of their disappearance.


Finnegans Wake: quotations are taken from the first Faber and Faber paperback edition in which all of Joyce's errata are incorporated (1975). The quotations are indicated by means of the abbreviation FW, followed by the page and line numbers. In some instances this version will be compared to the first edition (1939, indicated in full)

The first drafts of each section of Finnegans Wake were transcribed by David Hayman in his invaluable edition of A First Draft Version of 'Finnegans Wake' (London: Faber and Faber, 1963). Quotations from this edition observe Hayman's transcription system.

followed by volume and page number, refers to the facsimile edition of Joyce's manuscripts, The James Joyce Archive, edited by Michael Groden, Hans Walter Gabler, David Hayman, A. Walton Litz, and Danis Rose (New York: Garland Publishing, 1978).
The Archive's draft catalogue system is used to refer to a specific draft stage:
e.g. I.5§2.*0 = Book I, Chapter 5, Section 2, first draft; the asterisk indicates an autograph document.

The number following the abbreviation BL indicates the number of the manuscript, preserved at the British Library.

BL Add.
British Library, Additional Manuscript, followed by the folio number.

L I or Letters I
Letters of James Joyce. Ed. Stuart Gilbert (London: Faber and Faber, 1957).

Letters II & III: Letters of James Joyce. Vol. II & III. Ed. Richard Ellmann. (London: Faber and Faber, 1966).

Genetic Joyce Studies will be updated once a year.
If you would like to be informed about updates, please contact the editor.
Feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

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