Ulysses: A Magic Lantern Odyssey

  • Williams, K. (Presenter)
  • Jeremy Brooker (Contributor)
  • Carolyn Brooker (Contributor)
  • Jules Arthur (Contributor)
  • Hannah Miller (Contributor)

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


An unmissable opportunity to see a largely forgotten but crucial context for Joyce's visual imagination brought back to life.

When people think of Ulysses, they tend to think of 'highbrow' influences from literature, art and philosophy but Joyce was just as influenced by the popular culture of his time. In particular the magic lantern, whose imagery and techniques found their way into Joyce's themes and methods long before those of film.

Playing with the kind of shows familiar to Joyce in late Victorian and Edwardian Dublin, this is a fun creative take on several key episodes in Joyce's novel, inspired by Keith Williams' 2020 book on popular Victorian media in Joyce's work.

Using a magnificent triunial (or three lens) brass and mahogany magic lantern, it features original lantern slides from the period alongside bespoke modern slides, with a live soundtrack performed by cello, viola, voice, keyboards and electronics.

Tickets were free, available via Eventbrite.

This event was funded by The University of Dundee.
Period10 Jun 202211 Jun 2022
Event titleUlysses: A Magic Lantern Odyssey
Event typeOther
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map