From Bloomsday to Doomsday


Jorn Barger, a Joyce enthusiast whose many creative electronic endeavors include coining the term “weblog,” offers this animated map of Dublin, showing the progress of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the “Wandering Rocks” chapter of Ulysses. The chapter takes place on June 16, which has of late been celebrated as Bloomsday.

Last week was the Feast of Corpus Christi, which in the medieval town of York, England was celebrated with a huge outdoor festival that included wagons that were the sets for short religious plays that dramatized Christian history from the creation of the world to the final judgment (also know as Doomsday). This 2D animated map showing the progress of pageant wagons through the streets of York was part of my first scholarly publication, in 1997. I wish I’d thought of adapting the existing code to the Ulysses scenario.From Bloomsday to Doomsday