Linati schema for Ulysses

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This schema for the novel Ulysses was produced by Joyce in 1920 to help a friend (Carlo Linati) understand the fundamental structure of the book.[1] The schema has been split into two subtables for better ease of reading.

Title Time Colour People Science / Art Meaning
Telemachus 8am - 9am Gold / white Theology Dispossessed son in contest
Nestor 9am - 10am Brown History The wisdom of the ancients
Proteus 10am - 11am Blue Philology Primal matter
Calypso 8am - 9am Orange Mythology The departing wayfarer
Lotus Eaters 9am - 10am Dark brown Chemistry The temptation of faith
Hades 11am - 12pm Black-white - The descent into nothingness
Aeolus 12pm - 1pm Red Rhetoric The derision of victory
Lestrygonians 1pm - 2pm Blood red Architecture Despondency
Scylla and Charybdis 2pm - 3pm - Literature The double-edge sword
Wandering Rocks 3pm - 4pm Rainbow Mechanics The hostile milieu
Sirens 4pm - 5pm Coral Music The sweet deceit
Cyclops 5pm - 6pm Green Surgery Egocidal terror
Nausicaa 8pm - 9pm Grey Painting The projected mirage
Oxen of the Sun 10pm - 11pm White Physics The eternal herds
Circe 11pm - 12am Violet
  • Circe
  • The Swine
  • Telemachus
  • Ulysses
  • Hermes
Dance The man-hating ogress
Eumaeus 12am - 1am - - The ambush on home ground
Ithaca 1am - 2am - - Armed hope
Penelope \infty - - The past sleeps
Title Technic Organ Symbols
Telemachus Dialogue for three and four,

narration, soliloquy

- Hamlet, Ireland, Stephen
Nestor Dialogue for 2,

narration, soliloquy

- Ulster, woman, practical sense
Proteus Soliloquy - World, tide, Moon, evolution, metamorphosis
Calypso Dialogue for 2,

soliloquy

Kidneys Vagina, exile, nymph, Israel in captivity
Lotus Eaters Dialogue, prayer, soliloquy Skin Host, penis in the bath, froth, flower, drugs, castration, oats
Hades Dialogue, narration Heart Cemetery, sacred heart, the past, the unknown man, the unconscious, heart defect, relics, heartbreak
Aeolus Simbouleutike, dikanike, epideictic, tropes Lungs Machines, wind, fame, kite, failed destinies, the press, mutability
Lestrygonians Peristaltic prose Oesophagus Bloody sacrifice,

food, shame

Scylla and Charybdis Whirlpools Brain Hamlet,

Shakespeare, Christ, Socrates, London, Stratford, scholasticism, mysticism, Plato, Aristotle, youth, maturity

Wandering Rocks Shifting labyrinth between two shores Blood Caesar,

Christ, errors, homonyms, synchronisms, resemblances

Sirens Fuga per canonem Ear Promises,

female, sounds, embellishments

Cyclops Alternating asymmetry Muscles, bones Nation,

state, religion, dynasty, idealism, exaggeration, fanaticism, collectivity

Nausicaa Retrogressive progression Eye, nose Onanism,

feminine, hypocrisy

Oxen of the Sun Prose, embryo, foetus, birth Matrix, uterus Fertilisation,

frauds, parthenogenesis

Circe Exploding vision Locomotor apparatus, skeleton Zoology,

personification, pantheism, magic, poison, antidote, reel

Eumaeus Relaxed prose Nerves -
Ithaca Dialogue, pacified style, fusion Juices -
Penelope Monologue, resigned style Fat -

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellmann, Richard, Ulysses on the Liffey, Oxford University Press, 1986, ISBN 978-0-19-501663-5, pp. 186-190.

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