News Archive 2017

UCD School of English, Drama and Film publish new multimedia version of Joyce’s debut novel

Thursday, 05 January, 2017 

December 29th 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of one of the most popular and influential Irish novels of the 20th century: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. To mark the centenary, a new multimedia version of the novel, specially commissioned and published by the UCD School of English, Drama and Film, was released to coincide with the centenary of the book’s release. The full audio recording, the text as it was first published, as well as maps, rare period images and commentary on Joyce’s Dublin have been made available, free of charge, on

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which charts the wanderings and artistic development of Stephen Dedalus, was originally published in serial form in 25 installments in the avant-garde magazine, The Egoist in 1914 -1915. The novel is full of detailed descriptions of the Dublin of Joyce’s youth, as we follow Stephen Dedalus on his journey of intellectual, emotional and aesthetic transformation. It was subsequently released as Joyce’s first novel in New York by B.W. Huebsch (who also published D.H. Lawrence and George Sorel) on December 29th, 1916, at a time when both nationalism and modernism began to shape a new Ireland.

This centenary publication, which includes an audio version of the full novel, read by acclaimed Irish actor Barry McGovern and his son Sam McGovern, is a collaboration between the award-winning digital media company Athena Media and the Nation, Genre, Gender Project team of researchers from UCD’s School of English, Drama and Film and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, led by Professor Gerardine Meaney.  The three have collaborated before on another Joyce project, an illustrated iPad app of The Dead (the final story from Dubliners), which was shortlisted for a prize at the New York Festival World’s Best Radio Programs. This new version of Portrait expands upon the Nation, Genre and Gender project's previous work, which uses computational methods to examine a large collection of 19th and early 20th century novels. The project’s website,, showcases the current research underway and provides a digital educational resource focusing on a number of novels, including A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

This new multimedia version of Joyce’s first novel, created by UCD scholars in partnership with Athena Media, shows the clear potential for collaboration between cultural heritage and new technology to create new opportunities for arts, scholarship, media and design in Ireland and globally.‌