Ulysses is a modernist novel by James Joyce that was published as a full work in 1922 after parts had been serialized in the journal Little Review from 1918 to 1920. It follows the activities of its main character, Leonard Bloom, in Dublin in 1904 on June 16—a date now recognized by devotees of the novel as “Bloomsday” in honor of Joyce and his most famous work. While the structure and characters of Ulysses suggest a series of parallels with Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the literary, historical, and political references within the work are almost limitless.


See a complete list of the characters in Ulysses and in-depth analysis of Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom, and Stephen Dedalus.

Literary Devices

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Deeper Study

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