Michael Groden
"James Joyce's Ulysses in Hypermedia": Problems of Annotation

Annotations to the Passage

Here is part of the passage again with a few words highlighted. First-time readers are unlikely to pay much attention to the highlighted words, and Bloom himself doesn't consider them to be anything special. They're just part of his attempt to shoo Lyons away. But Lyons seems to treat them as very meaningful, although the text doesn't say why or even which of the words he responds to.


WARNING: THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION WILL GIVE AWAY SOME SECRETS THAT ULYSSES WON'T REVEAL FOR ANOTHER FEW HUNDRED PAGES. SKIP THE REST OF THIS SECTION AND GO TO THE NEXT ONE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BEYOND THIS POINT IN ULYSSES AND DON'T WANT YOUR PLEASURE SPOILED.

Three of the four sets of notes that I've mentioned annotate these lines. Don Gifford*, in a first, long note to the race itself, mentions the event that Lyons thinks Bloom is alluding to, and in a follow-up note to Bloom's words, emphasizes a second time why Lyons thinks the words are significant. Declan Kiberd* in his note to Bloom's words combines some factual information with his interpretation of Joyce's passage. In contrast Jeri Johnson* tries to limit her brief note to the race to factual information.

What is at stake here?


Screens in This Section
A Sample Passage
Annotations to the Passage
The Passage Later in Ulysses
Rhetoric and Tact in Annotations
Annotation in Print and On a Screen

Sections
Title Screen
Introduction
The Hypermedia Project
A Passage from Ulysses
Questions Regarding Annotations
Eight Possible Presentations
Works Cited