January 2017 | Nate Pedersen

University College Dublin Creates Digital Multimedia Edition of James Joyce Novel

A_Portrait_of_the_Artist_as_a_Young_Man.jpgTo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, University College Dublin has brought together literary academics, computer scientists, and actors to create a digital multimedia edition of the novel.

Included on the website is a map of all the locations that Stephen Dedalus, protagonist of the novel, travels around Dublin.

"It is on Google Maps so if you want to travel around all the locations it will show you where Stephen lived, walked around or was educated and how it is in parallel to Joyce's own journey," said Gerardine Meaney, a professor of cultural theory at University College Dublin in a press statement.

"You can see from the interactive map that Stephen's Dublin and Joyce's Dublin are very close to each other. It was a struggle finding the old haunts of Dedalus. We even found the location of cottages mentioned in the novel near the river Tolka which are now under water."

Also included on the website is a free audiobook of the novel, recorded by father and son acting duo Barry and Sam McGovern and a free eBook with critical commentary. (You may recognize Barry McGovern from A Game of Thrones). The younger McGovern voices Stephen as a young man, while the elder McGovern voices Stephen when he is older.

The influential novel was first published in 1916 in New York by BW Huebsch.

[Image from Wikipedia]