Wired Wednesday: JoyceWays
By: Deirdre Costello, Associate Platform Manager
Well, it’s Wired Thursday this week, but with good reason! I wanted to wait until I’d attended last night’s session of Raidin the Wake, a Boston College Finnegan’s Wake reading group that meets every Wednesday from 7:30-9 in case you’re interested.
This group is run by a BC Irish Studies professor and Joyce scholar, Joe Nugent. Joe is intimately familiar with the complicated texts of both Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses, and has put that knowledge to good use in creating an app called JoyceWays.
JoyceWays is a multimedia guide to Joyce’s Dublin, “a city Joyce loved, but fled.” It shows you the city through the eyes of Ulysses itself, mapping the path Leopold Bloom takes throughout the day the novel represents, providing ratios for the “authenticity” of the bars along the route, and accompanying the journey with readings from the book itself.
In addition to harnessing the experience of a reading guided by Joe Nugent (as one of his former students, I can attest to what an intellectual pleasure that is), I think JoyceWays demonstrates the potential for technology to deepen the reader’s experience of a book. If you’re interested in the potential for technology to enhance – or clarify, which I could use a little of after last night! – Joyce’s works, check out these other resources: