James Joyce's Ulysses

Exhibition Overview

James Joyce’s Ulysses

To commemorate the centenary of Bloomsday, 16 June 1904, the day on which the epic adventures of James Joyce’s Ulysses take place, the National Library of Ireland opened a major exhibition on the author and his most famous work. The exhibition ran from 16 June 2004 – 10 May 2006. Some of the principal themes from this exhibition have been condensed into a travelling exhibition which is available for loan to other libraries and institutions.

Content and Format

This exhibition comprises of 8 retractable display stands. The stands are lightweight and portable, with each stand in a carry bag.


Height - 205cm

Width – 85cm

Summary of the topics each stand covers:

1. James Joyce’s Ulysses

 An exhibition by the National Library of Ireland

2. Joyce’s Life and Works

James Joyce’s works have revolutionized modern literature

3. The Writer at Work: 1914 – 22

Joyce described his working methods as those of both “engineer” and a “scissors and paste man”.

4. Publishing Ulysses

Ulysses was published by Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Company in Paris on 2 February 1922, Joyce’s 40th birthday.

5. Controversy and Censorship

All of Joyce’s works confronted censorship and courted controversy.

6. Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company was a vital centre of the modernist movement.

7. Joyce’s Dublin: The City in the Book

Joyce made Dublin a central character in Ulysses.

8. Joyce’s Dublin: Music in Dublin & Ulysses

Music and song were keystones of Irish culture in 1904 and Joyce portrays their vitality in Ulysses.

A preview of the exhibition stands is available by downloading this file:

James Joyce's Ulysses - travelling exhibition  Joyce Traveling Exhibition final raster PDF.pdf (0 MB, Adobe PDF)

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