Visualizing Joyce's 'Ulysses': "Sirens"
The first 63 lines of â€śSirensâ€ť form a kind of word-keyboard that introduces each prominent sound that will appear throughout the rest of the chapter. Through their juxtaposition and mutation, the sounds become leitmotifs that evoke characters, relationships, dialogue, movement, or feeling.
This visualization is a line-by-line tracking of each word-sound that recurs at least four times following its initial introduction in the first 63 lines. There are 99 sounds total, and 1257 lines in the standard edition of the chapter. Each vertical column in the graphic represents a different word, and each horizontal line represents ten lines of text. Within each column, every dash is a mapped word, and the columns are clustered according to the character(s) they reference. I chose to highlight only six characters, mostly because I had way too much data and decided to focus on the more prominent ones. Diamond outlines count the number of times a keyword, a solid diamond, reappears within a single line. The visualization itself is proportionate on a line-by-line basis, and can theoretically be referenced alongside the text.