The pages which follow contain photos of various sites from Joyce's Ulysses, taken on a trip to Dublin in June 2004. To save on download times, all of the photos are in thumbnail format. Click on any image, and a larger version will open in a new window. There are also lots of other links to other sites along the way.
In doing the walks and in putting this site together, I'm indebted to Jack McCarthy's 1988 Joyce's Dublin: A Walking Guide to Ulysses. It's now outdated, as such books tend to become very quickly--particularly for a city which has changed as much as Dublin has in the last two decades, and where much of what McCarthy lists as still standing is now gone. Nevertheless, it was an invaluable guide to have: McCarthy has done all the hard work of locating sites.
Some chapters are better documented than others. Sometimes this is because of the nature of the chapter: "Scylla and Charybdis" simply doesn't call for as many photographs as "Lestrygonians", say. At other times, this is just a function of the time I had available to me: I just didn't have time to go to Mr Deasy's school in Dalkey, or Glasnevin Cemetery, or to follow the Vice-Regal carriage and quite a few other trajectories through "Wandering Rocks". Next time... In a couple of cases, I've been able to augment these with photos from Jeff Hibbert, of Temple University in Philadelphia--thanks, Jeff!
Nearly all of these images are of present-day Dublin--well, Dublin as it was in 2004. For a terrific site full of contemporary images from Joyce's day, see Aida Yared's Ulysses images. I've linked the relevant page of this site to each of these pages. The link will open in a new window, so you can compare then and now.
Maps? I'd love to have maps here, but that's in the too-hard basket at present. In the meantime, you can check out Jorn Barger's The Internet Ulysses. (This link will open in a separate window again, so you can toggle back and forth to it as you're following these pages.) Ian Gunn and Clive Hart's James Joyce's Dublin: A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses is brilliant, with its detailed maps and discussions of the paths of all the characters.
Why not make it a multimedia experience? The wonderful Music in the Works of James Joyce site is full of information on all the music sung and heard during the day, and lets you hear samples of many of the songs. The songs are all done in period style, just tenor and piano. I've put links to this site at a number of points throughout the following pages; they'll open in yet another window, so you can have the photos, the maps and the music up in your browser at the same time. In some cases, I've included links to the Naxos site, where you can register (for free) to hear extracts from many of the pieces of music in the book.
Page numbers of all citations from Ulysses are to Jeri Johnson's edition for the Oxford World Classics series.
contents of these pages are © 2004, Tony Thwaites, The University
of Queensland, Queensland, Australia 4072