Distinguished University Professor
Department of English
The University of Western Ontario
Michael Groden was born in Buffalo in 1947 and graduated from
Dartmouth College (B.A., 1969) and Princeton University (M.A.,
1972, Ph.D., 1975). He moved to Canada in 1975 to teach at the University of Western Ontario
and is now Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English
there. He is the author of "Ulysses" in Progress
(Princeton University Press, 1977) and "Ulysses" in
Focus: Genetic, Textual, and Personal Views (Florida
James Joyce Series, University
Press of Florida, 2010; paperback, 2012), general editor
of The James Joyce Archive (63 volumes, Garland
Publishing, 1977-79), compiler of James Joyce's
Manuscripts: An Index (Garland Publishing, 1980), and
co-editor of The
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994; 2nd edition, 2005; Chinese translation,
Criticism: Texts and Avant-textes (University of
Pennsylvania Press, 2004), Praharfeast:
James Joyce in Prague (Litteraria Pragensia, 2012),
Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). On Bloomsday (June 16),
2004 he was awarded an honorary
D.Litt. degree by University College Dublin, Joyce's
university; in 2007 he was elected a Fellow of The
Royal Society of Canada; and in May 2011 he was awarded
Prize for Achievement in Research, the University of
Western Ontario's most prestigious award for research. He lives
in Toronto with his wife - poet, memoirist, and biographer Molly Peacock, author
most recently of the biography The Paper Garden
- and two cats.
Most Recent Events:
On May 6, 2013, I gave a talk called "'Me. And me now': Writing About a Life with Ulysses" at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
On April 19, 2013, I delivered a public lecture at the University of Toronto, "Ulysses: The Necessary Fiction," as part of the Modernist Versions Project's "Year of Ulysses." The talk was presented by the Modernist Versions Project and the University of Toronto's Modernist Reading and Research Group. It was videorecorded and will be posted soon on the "Year of Ulysses" Lectures page (click on the "lectures by prominent Joyceans" link in the "YoU Lectures" section of the YoU Webpage or on "Lectures" in the "News by Category" column).
Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide. Co-editor with Martin Kreiswirth and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2012.
Praharfeast: James Joyce in Prague. Co-editor with David Vichnar and David Spurr. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, June 2012.
"Ulysses" in Focus: Genetic, Textual, and Personal Views. Florida James Joyce Series. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010. Released in paperback in April 2012.
Choice 48:8 (April 2011): 48-4333 -
ELT (English Literature in Transition) 55:2 (2012): 274-78 - Mary Lowe-Evans
Genesis: Manuscrits/Recherche/Invention no. 34 (2012): 205-06 - Jean-Louis Giovannangeli
Irish Times (April 23, 2011): Weekend Review p. 12 - Terence Killeen
James Joyce Literary Supplement 25:2 (Fall 2011): 9-10 - Jean-Michel Rabaté
James Joyce Quarterly 48:2 (Winter 2011): 380-84 - Frank C. Manista
Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 100, no. 397 (Spring 2011): 103-5 - Peter Costello
TLS (February 4, 2011): 7 - Sarah Davison
I contributed a short piece about Ulysses
to "Into the Future: Western News Celebrates 40 Years," a
special issue of the University of Western Ontario's weekly
newspaper. The article is available online.
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 2nd ed. (2005) has been translated into Chinese by Feng-Zhen Wang, published by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in Beijing in 2011.
I was interviewed about Ulysses by Daniel D'Angelo for The Writer's Chronicle, a publication of AWP (the Association of Writers and Writing Programs). The interview appears in the October/November 2012 issue of The Writer's Chronicle (volume 45, number 2), pp. 84-85, and also online.
At the 23rd International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin in June 2012, I participated in a roundtable discussion of Bruce Arnold's 1990 film, "The Scandal of Ulysses," and, with Austin Briggs, led a two-session "Ulysses Reading Group."
I was interviewed for "In Bed With Ulysses," a documentary film about Ulysses that was produced and directed by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna. The film was released in June 2012. Read the New York Times review here.
On February 3, 2012, I gave an invited talk called "James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Public-Domain Man" at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The talk was part of the Gallery's and Riverrun's 9th Annual James Joyce Celebration, "Joyce Unbound: James Joyce Enters the Public Domain."
On October 6, 2011, I gave a short talk, "The Necessary Fiction," as part of panel on "What Does My Ph.D. Have to Do With Me?" in the Department of English Colloquium Series at the University of Western Ontario.
I wrote a short piece, "Bloomsday: A Very Brief History," for Radio Bloomsday, which was broadcast on WBAI-FM (New York) and wbai.org on June 16, 2011. Producer Larry Josephson read the piece during the broadcast. The text is available online.
In 2011 I was awarded the Hellmuth
Prize for Achievement in Research, the University of Western
Ontario's most prestigious award for research. The award was
presented at a ceremony on May 20, 2011, where I gave a short
Watch a YouTube video of my talk.
Watch a YouTube video of the introduction to the ceremony and the talk by my co-recipient, Dr. Ann Chambers, Dept. of Oncology.
At the May 11, 2011 meeting of the James Joyce Society of New York - a meeting that celebrated my new book "Ulysses" in Focus: Genetic, Textual, and Personal Views - I gave a talk, "Ulysses - and Us?"
On April 3, 2011 I presented a short talk, "Raging Bully," as part of a Roundtable on Copyright Practices and Problems at a conference called "The Quote's the Thing: Negotiating Copyright in Scholarly Criticism," held at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo Law School.
On February 18, 2011 I presented a public lecture - "Ulysses - and Us?" - sponsored by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University.
On October 7, 2010 I delivered a public lecture, "Why Study Manuscripts? Living and Working with Ulysses and With Joyce's Manuscripts for His Novel," at Vanderbilt University.
"Praharfeast: Unpacking Joycean Suitcases." Co-authors: David Vichnar and David Spurr. In Praharfeast: James Joyce in Prague, ed. David Vichnar, David Spurr, and Michael Groden. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2012, pp. 8-31.
"James Joyce: Copyright, Fair Use, and Permissions FAQ." Co-authors: Paul K. Saint-Amour, Carol Loeb Shloss, and Robert Spoo. Written for the International James Joyce Foundation. Revised version (May 2012) available online on the Foundation's Web site. First version available in the James Joyce Quarterly 44:4 (Summer 2007): 753-84.
"Silence and Fractals: 'The Sisters'." Co-author: Vicki Mahaffey. In Collaborative "Dubliners": Joyce in Dialogue, ed. Vicki Mahaffey. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012, pp. 23-47.
"The Complex Simplicity of Ulysses." In James Joyce (Visions and Revisions: Irish Writers in Their Time No. 5). Edited by Sean Latham. Dublin and Portland, Oregon: Irish Academic Press, 2010, pp. 105-31.
"How Ulysses Can Change Your Life." Review of Declan Kiberd, "Ulysses" and Us: The Art of Everyday Living (2009). Globe and Mail (Toronto; March 6, 2010): F14. Also available online.
In recent years I have received four major honours plus a less serious one:On Bloomsday (June 16), 2004 I was awarded an honorary D.Litt. degree by University College Dublin, along with Roddy Doyle, Jennifer Johnston, Harold Pinter, and Fritz Senn - photos.
In 2006 I was named a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Western Ontario. The award was presented at a ceremony and public lecture on November 24, 2006 - photos.
In 2007 I was elected a Fellow of The
Royal Society of Canada (also called RSC: The Academies).
The induction ceremony took place on November 17, 2007 in
Edmonton, Alberta - photo.
In 2011 I was awarded the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, the University of Western Ontario's most prestigious award for research. (See above under "Recent Events.")
In a lighter vein, as part of the 21st International James Joyce Symposium, which took place in Tours, France in June 2008, I was one of five symposium attendees who became Chevaliers de l’Ordre de la Chantepleure. The induction ceremony took place as part of a wine-tasting ceremony at the Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray on June 18, 2008 - photos.
Other Publications in the 2000s:
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Edited by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. 2nd edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. Also available online.
Genetic Criticism: Texts and Avant-textes. Edited by Jed Deppman, Daniel Ferrer, and Michael Groden. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.
"On First Looking Into James Joyce's Manuscripts." In Discovering James Joyce: The University at Buffalo Collection. Buffalo: The Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2009, pp. 53-61.
"James Joyce: Copyright, Fair Use, and Permissions: Frequently Asked Questions." Written by Paul K. Saint-Amour, Michael Groden, Carol Loeb Shloss, and Robert Spoo for the International James Joyce Foundation. James Joyce Quarterly, volume 44, number 4 (Summer 2007), pages 753-84. Also available online on the Foundation's Web site (first published online May 22, 2006).
"Joyce at Work on 'Cyclops': Toward a Biography of Ulysses." James Joyce Quarterly, volume 44, number 2 (Winter 2007), pages 217-45.
"The National Library of Ireland's New Joyce Manuscripts." In Joyce in Trieste: An Album of Risky Readings, edited by Sebastian D. G. Knowles, Geert Lernout, and John McCourt. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007, pages 13-35.
"Senn-sus: A Passage Index to Fritz Senn's Writings on Ulysses" (with Wm. Paul Meahan). James Joyce Quarterly, volume 42/43, number 1/4 (Fall 2004/Summer 2006), pages 133-96.
"Before and After: The Manuscripts in Textual and Genetic Criticism of Ulysses." In "Ulysses" in Critical Perspective, edited by Michael Patrick Gillespie and A. Nicholas Fargnoli. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006, pages 152-70.
"'Proceeding Energetically From the Unknown to the Known': Looking Again at the Genetic Texts and Documents for Joyce's Ulysses." Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, volume 4 (2005), pages 183-95.
"James Joyce (1882-1941)." In The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia, edited by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2005, pages 167-70.
"James Joyce (1882-1941)." A bibliography for "The Infography." Published April 5, 2005. Available online.
"Fiction Theory and Criticism: 3. Early Twentieth-Century British and American." In The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 2nd edition, edited by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, pages 336-42. Also available online.
"Genetic Criticism" (with Jed Deppman and Daniel Ferrer). In The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 2nd edition, edoted by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, pages 427-30. Also available online.
"James Joyce's Ulysses On the Page and On the Screen." In The Future of the Page, edited by Peter Stoicheff and Andrew Taylor. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004, pp. 159-75.
"Genetic Joyce: Textual Studies and the Reader." In Palgrave Advances in James Joyce Studies, edited by Jean-Michel Rabaté. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 227-50.
"Problems of Annotation in a Digital Ulysses." In JoyceMedia: James Joyce, Hypermedia and Textual Genetics, edited by Louis Armand. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2004 / Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2006, pp. 116-32. Also available online in Hypermedia Joyce Studies 4:2 (December 2003-January 2004).
"The Case of the Snuffed Footnote: A Report from the Stacks." Literary Imagination 6:2 (Spring 2004): 151-59.
"Introduction: A Genesis of French Genetic Criticism." Written by Jed Deppman, Daniel Ferrer, and Michael Groden. In Genetic Criticism: Texts and Avant-textes, edited by Deppman, Ferrer, and Groden. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004, pp. 1-16.
"Privacy in Bloom." In The Private I: Privacy
in a Public World, edited by Molly Peacock. Graywolf Forum
4. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2001, pp. 71-79.