As with many of the works we've turned into posters, Ulysses too has some visual surprises: a small expenditure table, shown to the right, and three pieces of musical notation interrupt the mass of letters and are well visible from across the room. It is also the poster which most strikingly confirms our hypothesis that a novel, typeset in such an extreme manner, would reveal some of its inner structure.
Sure enough, the stacatto manner of episode 7 – ‘Aeolus’ – interspersed with newspaper-like headlines and short paragraphs, is clearly rendered if you know where to look. Similarly, episode 17 – ‘Ithaca’ – written as a series of questions and answers, is in marked contrast to the final episode – ‘Penelope’ – which it preceeds. In ‘Penelope’, Joyce uses the stream-of-conscious technique to record the thoughts of Molly Bloom. Sixty pages of text, broken into just three sentences, appear as a dense grey block at the foot of the poster. They form a subtle pedestal, if you will, which support this audacious, masterful work.