Title of Presentation

Ulysses: The Human Bodyssey

Type of Submission

Event

Graduation Year

2010

Location

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

10-4-2010 9:00 AM

End Date

10-4-2010 10:00 AM

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Comments

Recipient, Year of Ulysses International Art Competition Award, sponsored by the Modernist Versions Project. [IWU Department of English blog post, MVP Announcement]

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Abstract

"Among other things my book is the epic of the human body." -James Joyce Ulysses by James Joyce is a paragon of modernist literature. Taking place over the course of a single day, June 16, 1904, Joyce allegorically retells Homer's The Odyssey for the modern age. In a chart published in Stuart Gilbert's James Joyce's Ulysses: a Study, each of the eighteen episodes of Ulysses are shown to correspond to an episode or character of The Odyssey and, with the exception of three episodes, to a specific organ of the human body. Using this systematic diagram as my guide, I have reconstructed Joyce's Ulysses in the form of a life-size drawing of the human body, illustrating each organ using only words from the corresponding episodes of the novel. By pictorially situating Ulysses in this bodily context, I have at once represented and re-presented the themes and ideas explored in this seminal work of fiction. Because of these characteristics, my work is also presently acting as my final study in word-and-image theory, as it is a model hybrid of the two art forms.

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Ulysses: The Human Bodyssey

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

"Among other things my book is the epic of the human body." -James Joyce Ulysses by James Joyce is a paragon of modernist literature. Taking place over the course of a single day, June 16, 1904, Joyce allegorically retells Homer's The Odyssey for the modern age. In a chart published in Stuart Gilbert's James Joyce's Ulysses: a Study, each of the eighteen episodes of Ulysses are shown to correspond to an episode or character of The Odyssey and, with the exception of three episodes, to a specific organ of the human body. Using this systematic diagram as my guide, I have reconstructed Joyce's Ulysses in the form of a life-size drawing of the human body, illustrating each organ using only words from the corresponding episodes of the novel. By pictorially situating Ulysses in this bodily context, I have at once represented and re-presented the themes and ideas explored in this seminal work of fiction. Because of these characteristics, my work is also presently acting as my final study in word-and-image theory, as it is a model hybrid of the two art forms.

 

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