When Joyce was completing Ulysses in 1920 and 1921 he produced two elaborate tables, now sometimes called the Linati schema and the Gilbert schema, to help friends understand the design behind "my damned monster-novel." Each table starts with a column of Homeric titles for the eighteen chapters, which appeared without titles both in The Little Review and in the 1922 printing of the novel. Subsequent columns supply various other kinds of identifying information about each chapter. The schemas are fantastic creatures, regarded by many intelligent readers as chimeras, largely unhelpful for reading the novel. But they do possess some hermeneutic value.

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The Linati schema fairly exactly transcribed and translated from the Italian, omitting several small temporal details and the vertically inscribed sentence about Stephen ("Telemaco non soffre ancora il corpo"). Source: John Hunt.

The Gilbert schema, without the "correspondences." Source:

The Correspondences of the second schema, as found in the copy that Joyce gave to Herbert Gorman, now part of the collection of H. K. Croessmann held in the South Illinois University Special Collections Research Center. Source: Marvin Magalaner, ed., A James Joyce Miscellany.