The Lived Experience of James Joyce

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Isaac Slone
contact email: 

This edited volume collects essays from those writing about the experience of reading, studying, teaching, and interpreting James Joyce. The essays form a picture of how Joyce’s writing serves its reader by reflecting dimensions of human experience.

No author lends themselves more to being understood through lived experience than James Joyce. With his dedication to detail, from geographic precision to complex portrayals of emotions and psychic experiences, there are infinite means of engaging with Joyce’s writing. Our perspectives as readers and thinkers can inform our writing and contributions to Joycean scholarship in rich and interdisciplinary ways. Still, interpretive and lived research often comes under scrutiny for not adhering to a singular methodology or for lacking in traditional standards of rigor. While these critiques represent knee-jerk reactions to the expansion of this area of study, many make important contributions to Joyce Studies by taking seriously the anecdotal, ephemeral, and personal.


Potential essay topics include but are not limited to:

-       Accounts of teaching, learning, or collaboratively reading Joyce

-       Creative or artistic Joycean projects

-       Frameworks for interpreting Joyce

-       Autobiographical/personal essays relating to Joyce

-       Interdisciplinary approaches to interpreting Joyce

-       A study of Joycean/Joyce Studies culture

Please submit full essays/chapters for consideration to: by June 1st, 2023. There is no specific requirement for essay length, but papers are ideally 3,000-6,000 words.