Shortly before the publication of Ulysses in 1922, Joyce created two schema for the novel to provide a guide to its structure for his friends Stuart Gilbert and Carlo Linati. These guides, though each unique, break the eighteen episodes down by way of their Homeric parallels, timeframe, narrative technique and other distinct features such as dominant colour and bodily organs.
Inspired by the Linati and Gibert Schemata, designer James MacDonnell has created a new ‘visual schema’ for the book. Developing a unique graphical system to represent each episode, MacDonnell’s prints combine to represent a visual representation of the text and present a minimalist interpretation for Joyce’s Ulysses that dispenses with the need for explanatory text or illustrations.
The artist will be joined by acclaimed Irish Joyce scholar Terence Killeen to discuss the value of the Gilbert and Linati Schemata, and how Joyce’s methodical approach to the structure lends itself to a purely visual language.