James Joyce “Ulysses” has a reputation for the most famous book that no-one has read. However notoriously difficult to finish book may soon have a new audience. Students at Boston College are developing a virtual reality version of the classic stream-of-consciousness novel.
The developers of the virtual reality experience is called “Joystick” state that their purpose is to create a new audience for the novel and to show that VR technology can be used to increase interest in the written word.
The group, led by Boston College English professor, Joseph Nugent plan to launch the VR experience on June 16th in Dublin during Bloomsday, the annual festival that celebrates James Joyce and his famous novel.
This is not the only that announcement this year that virtual reality was being used to recreate literature. In February 2017 it was announced that George Saunders novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” would be turned into a VR experience.
Ulysses is the quintessential modern novel. The story described an ordinary day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom. The novel is noted for it’s innovative stream of conscious style, humour and precise structure.
The novel is inarguably a masterpiece, but it is also a book that many have found daunting. Virtual reality medium seems the perfect medium to explore the classic work. Hopefully along the way inspiring more people to give Joyce’s novel another look.