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Ulysses is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce


Joyce divides Ulysses into 18 episodes that "roughly correspond to the episodes in Homer's Odyssey".Homer's Odyssey is divided into 24 books (sections).

It has been suggested by scholars that every episode of Ulysses has a theme, technique and correspondence between its characters and those of the Odyssey. The text of the published novel does not include the episode titles that are used below, nor the correspondences, which originate from the Linati and Gilbert schemata. Joyce referred to the episodes by their Homeric titles in his letters. He took the idiosyncratic rendering of some of the titles, e.g. "Nausikaa" and the "Telemachiad" from Victor Bérard's two-volume Les Phéniciens et l'Odyssée which he consulted in 1918 in the Zentralbibliothek Zürich.

While the action of Joyce's novel takes place during one ordinary day in early twentieth-century Dublin, Ireland, in Homer's epic, Odysseus, "a Greek hero of the Trojan War ... took ten years to find his way from Troy to his home on the island of Ithaca". Furthermore, Homer's poem includes violent storms and a shipwreck, giants and monsters, gods and goddesses, a totally different world from Joyce's. Joyce's character Leopold Bloom, "a Jewish advertisement canvasser", corresponds to Odysseus in Homer's epic; Stephen Dedalus, the hero also of Joyce's earlier, largely autobiographical, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, corresponds to Odysseus's son Telemachus; and Bloom's wife Molly corresponds to Penelope, Odysseus's wife, who waited twenty years for him to return.

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Part I: Telemachia

Episode 1, Telemachus
Episode 2, Nestor
Episode 3, Proteus

Part II: Odyssey

Episode 4, Calypso
Episode 5, Lotus Eaters
Episode 6, Hades
Episode 7, Aeolus
Episode 8, Lestrygonians
Episode 9, Scylla and Charybdis
Episode 10, Wandering Rocks
Episode 11, Sirens
Episode 12, Cyclops
Episode 13, Nausicaa
Episode 14, Oxen of the Sun
Episode 15, Circe

Part III: Nostos

Episode 16, Eumaeus
Episode 17, Ithaca
Episode 18, Penelope
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