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JoyceWalk Brings Ulysses to Life
A group of students from Boston College, along with their professor, are developing an iPhone app to bring James Joyce’s Ulysses to life with a virtual tour. The app, JoyceWalk, will bring users on an interactive tour through the streets of Dublin
According to the creators of Joyce Walk, the application is meant to be a fun way for Joyceans, as well as those who have never read Joyce before, to experience the work of the literary great. The video below provides more information on what exactly the app has to offer:
The students used the expertise of Professor Nugent, who teaches English Literature at Boston College, to enhance their app with interesting facts about Ulysses. According to the group:
With Professor Nugent’s guidance, we’ve made each Point of Interest colorful, quirky, and crammed full of fascinating facts. Totally new to Joyce? Terrified of “Ulysses”? We all were at some point! Try starting with our friendly “Lestrygonians” route or pick out some spots from the “Dubliners” short-story map. And after a few hours’ stroll, unwind with our other innovation: “Joyce Pubs.” We’ve selected the 15 most lively taverns from Joyce’s works, added quotes and contemporary posters—even rated them for authenticity!
In addition to providing photos, maps, and guides, JoyceWalk offers an engaging take on Ulysses. Joycean scholar Senator David Norris even provides a ten minute reading of an excerpt of Ulysses as one of the app features.
The creators are currently using the crowd funding website Kickstarter to get their project off the ground and officially launch the app. Visit the JoyceWalk Kickstarter page here.