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My primary research interest is in the works of James Joyce and in particular in his novel Ulysses. I have studied the manuscripts for Joyce's works because they are fascinating in themselves and also because they offer evidence of his creative process, and this topic has become a prominent one in Joyce studies in recent years as new manuscripts for Ulysses have come to light. My book from 1977, "Ulysses" in Progress, remains the standard study of how Joyce wrote his novel, and The James Joyce Archive, a 63-volume project from the late 1970s, reproduces his manuscripts in facsimile photos. In 2010 I published "Ulysses" in Focus, which contains more recent manuscript studies along with personal accounts of my interest in Ulysses. My work on Joyce's manuscripts has led me to a more generalized interest in manuscript study (especially the French enterprise called critique génétique, or genetic criticism) and in scholarly editing and textual criticism. Teaching courses in literary theory led me to co-edit The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, a book that was published in 2005 in a second edition both in print and online. I am currently writing a book about how I became interested enough in Ulysses when I was 19 to want to specialize in it and how it has continued to intrigue me even 45 years later. My teaching in recent years has focused on Ulysses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and I also teach bibliography, scholarly editing, and textual criticism to graduate students.