To mark 100 years on December 29, 2016 since the publication of James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", scholars at University College Dublin have released a multimedia version of the book complete with maps, data visualization and a new audiobook.
The digital multimedia edition reproduces the text of the novel's original 1916 publication in a single volume by B.W. Huebsch Inc. in New York.
As part of the project, Irish actors Sam and Barry McGovern have recorded a new audiobook to create, according to the project website, "a dialogue between Joyce's mature voice and that of his younger, remembered self."
The team is offering the book for download via Kindle or in a plain-text version, while the audiobook is available to download or listen to via Soundcloud. Find those versions at www.joyceportrait100.com/downloads.
At www.joyceportrait100.com, the book can be explored chapter by chapter in a multimedia presentation that juxtaposes the text with archival photographs and the corresponding audio chapters.
The team behind the new multimedia edition previously conducted research to map the social networks depicted in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", and the results of this work are featured in the online edition. Data visualization sheds light on the complex set of social interactions surrounding protagonist Stephen Dedalus and the many other characters inhabiting early 20th-century Dublin and Cork.
View the social network visualization at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov34MUhJJBc.
Readers can also view a map featuring the places mentioned in the novel and following Stephen Dedalus's journey of self-discovery in and around Dublin. Many key buildings mentioned in the text still stand in their original location.
Find the full multimedia version at www.joyceportrait100.com.