Gilbert schema for Ulysses

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This schema for the novel Ulysses was produced by its author, James Joyce, in 1921 to help his friend, Stuart Gilbert, understand the fundamental structure of the book. Gilbert published it in 1930 in his book, James Joyce's "Ulysses": A Study. The original copy of the Gilbert schema is housed in the Harley K. Croessmann Collection of James Joyce at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Title Scene Hour Organ Colour Symbol Art Technic
Telemachus The Tower 8am - White / gold Heir Theology Narrative (young)
Nestor The School 10am - Brown Horse History Catechism (personal)
Proteus The Strand 11am - Green Tide Philology Monologue (male)
Calypso The House 8am Kidney Orange Nymph Economics Narrative (mature)
Lotus Eaters The Bath 10am Genitals - Eucharist Botany / chemistry Narcissism
Hades The Graveyard 11am Heart White / black Caretaker Religion Incubism
Aeolus The Newspaper 12 noon Lungs Red Editor Rhetoric Enthymemic
Lestrygonians The Lunch 1pm Oesophagus - Constables Architecture Peristaltic
Scylla and Charybdis The Library 2pm Brain - Stratford / London Literature Dialectic
Wandering Rocks The Streets 3pm Blood - Citizens Mechanics Labyrinth
Sirens The Concert Room 4pm Ear - Barmaids Music Fuga per canonem[a]
Cyclops The Tavern 5pm Muscle - Fenian Politics Gigantism
Nausicaa The Rocks 8pm Eye, nose Grey / blue Virgin Painting Tumescence / detumescence
Oxen of the Sun The Hospital 10pm Womb White Mothers Medicine Embryonic development
Circe The Brothel 12am Locomotor apparatus - Whore Magic Hallucination
Eumaeus The Shelter 1am Nerves - Sailors Navigation Narrative (old)
Ithaca The House 2am Skeleton - Comets Science Catechism (impersonal)
Penelope The Bed - Flesh - Earth - Monologue (female)

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a. ^ Fuga per canonem: Latin for "fugue according to rule", a musical term for a round.