The Plan (Chart or Schema) of Ulysses
|This following chart, combining information given in the versions supplied by Joyce to Carlo Linati (in Italian; letter of 21 Sept.1920) and to Stuart Gilbert for his 1930 study, James Joyces Ulysses. It has been formatted for internet by Charles Cave - online [extinct at 28.05.2014] with small emendations by me [BS]. Richard Ellmann has given the authoritative account of Joyces Ulysses schemas in Joyce on the Liffey (1973), citing Linati, Gilbert and Valery Larbaud (late 1921) as prime recipients and mentioning unnamed others. The Linati Schema for Ulysses is held at the Lockwood Memorial Library (SUNY, Buffalo) as part of the Joyce Collection (V.A.1.a). The Gilbert schema appeared in James Joyce’s Ulysses (London: Faber & Faber, 1930, p.30 while Gilberts typed copy of the schema is held in the Harley K. Croessmann James Joyce Collection at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Note: It does not contain the Correspondences in either version.]
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|The Linati schema includes a column with the meaning (Senso, Significato) of the episodes - such as Il figlio spodestato alla lotta and La savvieza del vecchio mundo (Telemachus, Nestor) which Joyce later retracted. Linati never wrote the article requested by Joyce and returned the schema to him. Joyce, in turn, presented it to Sylvia Beach with an inscription dated 2 Feb. 1922 (V.a.1.b.1). Both are reproduced in Richard Ellmann, Ulysses on the Liffey (London: Faber & Faber 1973), p.186ff. - where the Correspondences column given below is shown in Ellmanns reproduction under the heading of 'Gilbert-Gorman Plan - which is to say, the Gorman schema since the photo of the original MS copy shown below indicates that no such column was included in the one given to Stuart Gilbert - presumably otherwise identical. Joyce insisted that all the recipients up to Gilbert remain silent about the schema, which Gilbert received permission to print for his 1930 study of Ulysses. Another composite version of the chart has been prepared by Jeri Johnson in her introduction to the Oxford University Press edition of Ulysses (OUP 2008)
See also Sam Slote, Catalogue Notes, SUNY Library (Buffalo) Bloomsday Centennial Exhibit, 2004 [online; 31.12.2008; defunct at 24.04.2022].
||The (Martello) Tower
|| Stephen: Telemachus, Hamlet; Buck Mulligan: Antinous; Milkwoman: Mentor
|| The School (Mr Deasys)
||Deasy; Nestor; Pisistratus: Sargent; Helen: Mrs OShea
||The Strand (Sandymount)
||Proteus: Primal Matter; Kevin Egan: Menelaus; Megapenthus
||The House (7 Eccles St.)
||Calypso: Nymph; Dlugacz: Recall; Zion: Ithaca
|| The Bath (Turkish Baths)
||Lotuseaters: Cabhorses, Communicants, Soldiers, Eunuchs,
Bar, Watchers of Cricket
||The Graveyard (Prospect Cem., Glasnevin)
||Dodder, Grand and Royal Carnals, Liffey: 4 Rivers;
Cunningham: Sisyphus; Far Coffet: Cerberus; Caretaker: Hades; Daniel
OConnell: Hercules; Dignam: Elpenor; Parnell: Agamemnon;
Newspaper (Freemans Journal; Eveng Telegraph
||Crawford: Aeolus; Incest: Journalism; Floating
||The Lunch (Davy Byrnes)
||Antiphates: Hunger: Decoy: Food; Lestrygonians: Teeth
|Scylla and Charybdis
|| National Library
|| Rock: Aristotle, Dogma: Stratford; Whirlpool: Plato,
Mysticism, London; Ulysses: Socrates, Jesus, Shakespeare
||Streets of Dublin
||Bosphorus: Liffey; European bank: Viceroy; Asiatic
bank: Conmee; Symplegades: Groups of Citizens
|| Concert Room (Ormond Hotel)
|| 4 p.m.
||fuga per canonem
||Sirens: Barmaids; Isle: Bar
|| Tavern (Barney Kiernans)
||Noman: I; Stake: Cigar; Challenge: Apoptosis
|| Rocks (Sandymount Strand)
|| 8 p.m.
|| eye, nose
|| Phaeacia: Star of Sea; Gerty: Nausikaa
|Oxen of Sun
|| The Hospital (Nat. Maternity: Holles St.
|| Hospital: Trinacria; Lampetie, Phaethusa: Burses;
Helios: Horne; Oxen: fertility; Crime: Fraud
|| The Brothel (Nighttown)
| locomotor apparatus
|| Circe: Bella
|| The Shelter (Cabmans)
||Eumeus: Skin Goar; Sailor: Ulysses Pseudangelos; Melanthius
|| The House (7 Eccles St.)
|| 2 a.m.
Suitors:: scruples; Bow: reason
|| The Bed
||Penelope: Earth; Web: Movement
|James Joyces MS copy of his schema for Ulysses - given to Stuart Gilbert in c.1930.
|Joyces original holograph version of the so-called Gilbert Schema - photo given at Patrick Hastings, The Guide to Ulysses - online [accessed 24.04.2022]
|Stuart Gilbert, James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study  (NY: Knopf Doubleday [Vintgage Books] 1955), p.30
Schema given in Stuart Gilbert, James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study, [2nd edn.] (Vintage Books 1955), p.30 (rep. in Michelle Hoban, “Molecules all change”: Memory, Mutability, and Ulysses as Body-Mind in “Scylla and Charybdis” [BA Hons thesis] (University of Michigan 2017), p.2. Note: Hoban also reproduces “The Gilbert Schema” from Jeri Johnson, ed. & intro., Ulysses (Oxford UP 2008), pp.734-35 which includes the Correspondences column (Hoban, op. cit., p.10; available online; accessed 24,04.2022).
|The Plan of Ulysses as given in Hugh Kenner's Dublins Joyce (1955)
Plan given in Hugh Kenner, Dublins Joyce (1955); rep. in Nicholas A. Fargnoli & Michael Patrick Gillespie, Critical Companion to James Joyce: The Essential Reference to his Life and Work [rev. edn.] (NY: Facts on File 2006).