About the World Wide Dubliners Project
The World Wide Dubliners Project is designed to provide students and
teachers throughout the world with an authorative, annotated,
and collaborative edition of Joyce's Dubliners. The
editors hope it will become part of a larger distributed
curriculum that will come to inhabit the World Wide Web.
- Roger B. Blumberg is a graduate of Columbia College, where he
changed his major from Economics to English and Comparative Literature
after attending the first two weeks of Wallace Gray's course
Eliot, Joyce and Pound. He was Senior Hypermedia
Researcher with the
Scholarly Technology Group,
at Brown University, and a Visiting Scholarly in Brown's
Insitute for Brain and
Neural Systems, in the Departments of Physics and Neuroscience,
when World Wide Dubliners was composed.
He is the creator of MendelWeb,
and has written about electronic curriculum, science
education, and the history of science. He is currently on the faculty
of the Department of Computer Science at Brown.
- Wallace Gray was Professor English and Comparative
Literature, at Columbia
University, and later a member of
Columbia's Society of Senior Scholars. The author of Homer
to Joyce (MacMillan, 1985), he taught Joyce to
Columbia College students for more than 35 years. He died in December,
2001, at the age of 74.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can anyone contribute annotations to the
- Can I link my pages to those in World Wide Dubliners
Yes, though it is likely that WWD will change locations in the coming
- Do the pages of WWD link to other sites?
Yes, and eventually WWD will include a partial list
of those sites.
- How should I cite WWD in my bibliography?
If you are making a general reference to the site, the citation should
World Wide Dubliners, edited by
Roger B. Blumberg and Wallace
Gray. (http://www.mendele.com/WWD/, Edition 97.1).
If you are citing a particular piece or section of WWD, then the
citation should be similar to the way you cite an printed article
in an edited collection. For example, if you are citing
Wallace Gray's comment
on the term
in the story
"Araby" you should write:
Gray, Wallace. "Notes to Joyce's Araby," in World Wide
Dubliners, edited by Roger B. Blumberg and Wallace Gray.
(http://www.mendele.com/WWD/, Draft 97.1),
- What does the phrase "distributed curriculum" mean?
The World Wide Web is sometimes described as a system of distributed
hypermedia: distributed because the materials
reside on machines
throughout the world, and are written, created, edited, formatted and
maintained by people with different backgrounds and expertise;
hypermedia because the
materials can be linked to, and
interact with, other materials on the network. A distributed
curriculum comes about when
the materials for a particular course, or course of study, are
created and composed at various sites, by a variety of teachers,
scholars and researchers, and are all available to students no matter
how distant from the source of the materials.
This allows content modules on the Web (e.g. World Wide Dubliners) to
be used by large numbers of students and teachers (whether in
secondary schools, colleges, or continuing education settings),
whether or not they are enrolled in the similar sorts of courses, and
regardless of the materials that are available to them "locally".
Thus, we can imagine WWD being used in distributed curricula for
courses on Joyce, or the short story, or the representation of
religion in literature, or various forms of "modernism," or Irish and
British history. (For more on the idea of distributed curriculum as
it might apply in science courses, see Blumberg's
article at the AAAS Nextwave site).
World Wide Dubliners was conceived and constructed by Roger B.
Blumberg and Wallace Gray