primal matter

Linati schema for Ulysses

This schema for the novel Ulysses was produced by Joyce in 1920 to help a friend (Carlo Linati) understand the fundamental structure of the book. The schema has been split into two subtables for better ease of reading.

Title Time Colour People Science / Art Meaning
Telemachus 8am - 9am Gold / white

  • Telemachus
  • Mentor
  • Antinous
  • The Suitors
  • Penelope

Theology Dispossessed son in contest
Nestor 9am - 10am Brown

  • Telemachus
  • Nestor
  • Pisistratus
  • Helen

History The wisdom of the ancients
Proteus 10am - 11am Blue

  • Telemachus
  • Proteus
  • Menelaus
  • Helen
  • Megapenthes

Philology Primal matter
Calypso 8am - 9am Orange

  • Calypso
  • Penelope
  • Ulysses
  • Callidice

Mythology The departing wayfarer
Lotus Eaters 9am - 10am Dark brown

  • Euryloches
  • Polites
  • Ulysses
  • Nausicaa

Chemistry The temptation of faith
Hades 11am - 12pm Black-white

  • Ulysses
  • Elpenor
  • Ajax
  • Agamemnon
  • Hercules
  • Eriphyle
  • Sisyphus
  • Orion
  • Laertes etc.
  • Prometheus
  • Cerberus
  • Tiresais
  • Hades
  • Prosperpina
  • Telemachus
  • Antinous

- The descent into nothingness
Aeolus 12pm - 1pm Red

  • Aeolus
  • Sons
  • Telemachus
  • Mentor
  • Ulysses

Rhetoric The derision of victory
Lestrygonians 1pm - 2pm Blood red

  • Antiphates
  • The seductive daughter
  • Ulysses

Architecture Despondency
Scylla and Charybdis 2pm - 3pm -

  • Scylla
  • Charybdis
  • Telemachus
  • Ulysses
  • Antinous

Literature The double-edge sword
Wandering Rocks 3pm - 4pm Rainbow

  • Objects
  • Places
  • Forces
  • Ulysses

Mechanics The hostile milieu
Sirens 4pm - 5pm Coral

  • Leucothea
  • Parthenope
  • Ulysses
  • Orpheus
  • Menelaus
  • Argonauts

Music The sweet deceit
Cyclops 5pm - 6pm Green

  • Prometheus
  • Noman
  • Galatea
  • Ulysses

Surgery Egocidal terror
Nausicaa 8pm - 9pm Grey

  • Nausicaa
  • Handmaidens
  • Alcinous
  • Arete
  • Ulysses

Painting The projected mirage
Oxen of the Sun 10pm - 11pm White

  • Lampetie
  • Phaethusa
  • Helios Hyperion
  • Jove
  • Ulysses

Physics The eternal herds
Circe 11pm - 12am Violet

  • Circe
  • The Swine
  • Telemachus
  • Ulysses
  • Hermes

Dance The man-hating ogress
Eumaeus 12am - 1am -

  • Eumaeus
  • Ulysses
  • Telemachus
  • The Bad Goatherd
  • Pseudangelos

- The ambush on home ground
Ithaca 1am - 2am -

  • Ulysses
  • Telemachus
  • Eurycleia
  • The suitors

- Armed hope
Penelope infty -

  • Ulysses
  • Laertes
  • Penelope
- The past sleeps

Title Technic Organ Symbols
Telemachus Dialogue for three and four, narration, soliloquy - Hamlet, Ireland, Stephen
Nestor Dialogue for 2, narration, soliloquy - Ulster, woman, practical sense
Proteus Soliloquy - World, tide, Moon, evolution, metamorphosis
Calypso Dialogue for 2, soliloquy Kidneys Vagina, exile, nymph, Israel in captivity
Lotus Eaters Dialogue, prayer, soliloquy Skin Host, penis in the bath, froth, flower, drugs, castration, oats
Hades Dialogue, narration Heart Cemetery, sacred heart, the past, the unknown man, the unconscious, heart defect, relics, heartbreak
Aeolus Simbouleutike, dikanike, epideictic, tropes Lungs Machines, wind, fame, kite, failed destinies, the press, mutability
Lestrygonians Peristaltic prose Oesophagus Bloody sacrifice, food, shame
Scylla and Charybdis Whirlpools Brain Hamlet, Shakespeare, Christ, Socrates, London, Stratford, scholasticism, mysticism, Plato, Aristotle, youth, maturity
Wandering Rocks Shifting labyrinth between two shores Blood Caesar, Christ, errors, homonyms, synchronisms, resemblances
Sirens Fuga per canonem Ear Promises, female, sounds, embellishments
Cyclops Alternating asymmetry Muscles, bones Nation, state, religion, dynasty, idealism, exaggeration, fanaticism, collectivity
Nausicaa Retrogressive progression Eye, nose Onanism, feminine, hypocrisy
Oxen of the Sun Prose, embryo, foetus, birth Matrix, uterus Fertilisation, frauds, parthenogenesis
Circe Exploding vision Locomotor apparatus, skeleton Zoology, personification, pantheism, magic, poison, antidote, reel
Eumaeus Relaxed prose Nerves -
Ithaca Dialogue, pacified style, fusion Juices -
Penelope Monologue, resigned style Fat -

See also

Gilbert schema for Ulysses

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