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Michael Joyce Professor of English

The New York Times called Michael Joyce’s afternoon “the granddaddy of hypertext fictions,” while The Toronto Globe and Mail said that it “is to the hypertext interactive novel what the Gutenberg bible is to publishing,” and Der TAZ in Berlin termed him “Der Homer der Hypertexte.” afternoon has been translated into Italian, German, Polish, and French. Other hyperfictions include “On the Birthday of the Stranger” featured as the inaugural work for the Evergreen Experimental Site of the online version of the Evergreen Review and two longer works, Twilight, A Symphony, on CD ROM, and Twelve Blue, on the world wide web, both published in 1996 by Eastgate. Another web fiction, the collaborative work, The Sonatas of Saint Francis, was published by Supertart.com in 2000. Joyce’s shorter hyperfictions include WOE, Lucy’s Sister, Reach and Lasting Image (with Carolyn Guyer) published by Eastgate as well.

He is the author of fourteen books. Notable ones include his first print novel, The War Outside Ireland, which won the Great Lakes New Writers Award in 1983; a collection of short fictions and prose pieces, Moral Tales and Meditations: Technological Parables and Refractions, with an afterword by Hélène Cixous, published the State University of New York Press in Fall 2001; and Going the Distance (SUNY Excelsior editions 2013)—the first appearance in print of his 1994 online ebook and a finalist for the Casey award for best baseball book of 2013. His most recent print novel, Remedia: A Picaresque (2018) was published by Steerage, which also published his gameworld novel Disappearance (2012). Remedia is a sequel to his "novel of internet," Was: annales nomadique /A novel of internet published by FC2, Fiction Collective2 in Spring 2007. His most recent collection of poems, A Hagiography of Heaven and Vicinity was published by Broadstone Books in October, 2017.

Other print fictions include Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden  published by Starcherone in spring 2015 and Liam’s Going,  published by McPherson and Company in September 2002 and reissued in paperback in 2008, as well as the novel, Twentieth Century Man published by Seismicity Editions in 2014. Two book-length sequences of poems, Biennial (2015), and Paris Views (2012) were published by BlazeVOX in Buffalo. Over the last decade he has published poems in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, FENCE, FOLLY (LA), Gastronomica, nor/, The Iowa Review, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West, Spoon River Poetry Review, New Review, OR (Otis Review), The Common, and THE SHOp (Cork), among others. Together with Gabriella Frykhamn he has published translations of the Swedish modernist poet Karin Boye in Spoon River Review, Metamorphoses; and Notre Dame Review. His scholarly work and theory includes two collections of essays, Othermindedness: the emergence of network culture (2000) and Of Two Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics (1995) both published by the University of Michigan Press. With Rosemary Joyce and Carolyn Guyer he published Sister Stories. New York University Press, 2000.

His collaborative multimedia work includes Lost Hills Hokku, (2009) text for paintings and video by LA visual artist Alexandra Grant for Grant’s one woman show, “Bodies,” at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles September 2010; and The Ladder Series, (2007) text for four paintings by Alexandra Grant for "Focus" one-woman show, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. With the Venezuelan video artist Anita Pantin, Canadian composer Bruce Pennycook, and choreographer José Bustamante, he wrote the libretto for Canzoni di morte " a trial mix,” University of Texas, Austin, 2004. Another text, "Joyce in Berlin," a Hörspiel (voice play) for Osmotic Minds: Berlin Alexanderplatz 5.0, an augmented reality fiction by Stefan Schemat, Hilmar Schmundt, Michael Joyce, and Isabella Bordoni won Honorable Mention at Ars Electronica, 1999. Currently he is working with Jay David Bolter and Maria Engberg on an augmented reality locative fiction, "The Surface of Water" regarding the Swedish painter, Anders Zorn. He was appointed Laureate of the City of Paris and selected to participate in the Institut Français artist-in-residence program at Les Récollets in 2013. There he began work on an innovative, poetical fiction, including locative fiction elements, which will follow a series of linked characters, some fictional, some historical as they perambulate the arrondissements of Paris.

With sociologist and media scholar Bill Hoynes he was instrumental in founding Vassar’s Media Studies program.

  • BA, Canisius College; MFA, University of Iowa
  • At Vassar since 1992

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