Abstract

This essay investigates the treatment of error in Hans Walter Gabler’s Ulysses: A Critical and Synoptic Edition (1984), using the “Wandering Rocks” episode as a case study. It takes up the license contained in the etymology of the episode’s traditional appellation, focusing on “error” and its Latin root errorem (from errare) as “the action of roaming or wandering; hence a devious or winding course, a roving, winding” (OED). By exploring Gabler’s presentation of a “continuous manuscript text” as a form of wandering text and by comparing this with Joyce’s manipulations of space and time in “Wandering Rocks,” the essay argues that the episode’s transmissional lapses and chance slips, alongside its intentional errors, make for an important bridge between verisimilitude and linguistic playfulness in the novel.

In: Errears and Erroriboose
Volume Editors: Ronan Crowley and Dirk Van Hulle
New Quotatoes, Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age offers fourteen original essays on the genetic dossiers of Joyce’s fiction and the ties that bind the literary archive to the transatlantic print sphere of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Availing of digital media and tools, online resources, and new forms of access, the contributions delve deeper than ever before into Joyce’s programmatic reading for his oeuvre, and they posit connections and textual relations with major and minor literary figures alike never before established. The essays employ a broad range of genetic methodologies from ‘traditional’ approaches to intertextuality and allusion to computational methods that plumb Large-scale Digitisation Initiatives like Google Books to the possibilities of databasing for Joyce studies.

Contributors: Scarlett Baron, Tim Conley, Luca Crispi, Ronan Crowley, Sarah Davison, Tom De Keyser, Daniel Ferrer, Finn Fordham, Robbert-Jan Henkes, John Simpson, Sam Slote, Dirk Van Hulle, Chrissie Van Mierlo, and Wim Van Mierlo.
In: New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age
In: New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age
In: New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age