Tag Archives: James Joyce

Creating a Twitter Archive: Making Online Professional Engagement Visible

I was prompted by this post from Cathy Davidson on making online professional engagement visible and this piece in the Chronicle on #altmetrics to use TweetLibrary and Storify to archive my tweets. I began using Twitter for professional purposes in 2009, shortly after receiving tenure. It’s been an important part of my working life, but I never thought about how it illustrates my areas of engagement until now.

The archive reflects work I’ve done post-tenure in a number of areas: teaching/assessment, scholarly research and writing, blogging and chatting on professional issues, chairing a department, moving into advocacy for the humanities both in the classroom and the public square, and keeping up with developments in my discipline (such as digital humanities).  I’ve attended conferences and contributed not only presentations via the traditional paper but also content to the backchannel via livetweeting.  The archive illustrates the ways we can connect with colleagues to share ideas, ask questions, and keep our own learning and development going.

Screenshot of my Storify archive

But as part of that, I realized going through the material that the archive also offers a window into something we don’t often get to see: process.  If you go through the archive, you’ll see the early stages of projects, brainstorming for blog posts, a public testing of ideas and an appreciation of feedback.  You’ll also see the impact, however small, that some of this work has.  That’s something else that’s not always visible in scholarly work.  Using this tool, I can get a sense of who is reading my work, the extent to which it gets passed around and commented upon, and whether or not what I’m doing is making a difference and contributing to a dialogue.  It’s not the only way to measure the reach of faculty work, but it might be a valuable way.

New Reviews for James Joyce and the Revolt of Love

The newest issue of College Literature (39.1; Winter 2012; 131-139) has run a review essay on James Joyce and the Revolt of Love along with Declan Kiberd’s Ulysses and Us. Here’s an excerpt:

Declan Kiberd and Janine Utell both recognize that Ulysses is concerned with love as the most complex and the most human of emotions.  Each text offers a critical reappraisal of Joyce’s work emphasizing what one can still learn from reading Joyce in the early twenty-first century, and how one might learn again to love reading Joyce.  As a result, their books represent an important step in restoring a sense of humanity to an author whose texts have been relegated to the status of relics for specialists. (p. 132)

Utell provides a fascinating and well-argued analysis of Joyce’s evolving attitudes toward love in the contexts of marriage and adultery…[She] does a thorough and admirable job of substantiating her argument with specifics from Joyce’s text and ultimately provides a very convincing argument that Bloom’s quest is a quest for a genuinely ethical love through her careful analysis of selected episodes. (pp. 136, 138)

Then there’s one in the recent English Literature in Transition (55.1; 2012; 120-124):

Utell’s project offers a fresh perspective on how Joyce imagines an ethical love within the space of infidelity–thus-re-envisioning illicit desire as a positive site for transformation instead of a negative space established by more orthodox systems.  Utell’s study also offers insightful close readings of Joyce’s texts, especially the long chapter on Ulysses that is valuable in itself. (p. 123)

Where to Find Me This Semester, Online and Off

Welcome to the new and improved website.

This fall I’ll be in Buffalo for the Modernist Studies Association annual conference:  Thursday at the seminar “The Emotional Life of Modernism,” and Sunday speaking on the panel “Modernism and Ethics,” organized by Stephen Ross.  I’ll be presenting on my current work, about which more here.

In the past few months I’ve also had blog posts up at The Comics Grid, ProfHacker, and University of Venus/Inside Higher Ed/Guardian UK.