The Economy of Ulysses: Making Both Ends Meet
Syracuse University Press, 1995 - 472 pages
This original and wide-ranging study explores the "economies" of Ulysses using a number of different critical and theoretical methods. Not only do the economic circumstances of the characters
Some of the subjects and topics covered include Joyce's own "spendthrift" background, gift exchanges and reciprocity as a fundamental means of reader/author relationship in the novel, money and language, Bloom as an "economic man," the "narrative economy" of "Wandering Rocks," the relationship between commerce and eroticism, the function of sacrifice in the creation of value, counterfeiting, forgery, and other crimes of writing, and a demonstration of how the
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If Stephen embodies the principle of expenditure , Bloom appears to represent its
opposite , the conservation of money and meaning . In more than one respect ,
both the narrative and Bloom ' s thoughts exemplify an important principle of ...
Buying two Banbury cakes for a penny ( a gift that appears in his final budget ) ,
he tosses the food to the gulls , who nonetheless fail to appreciate his bounty : “
Lot of thanks I get . Not even a caw ” ( 8 . 84 ) . A penny expenditure is therefore ...
Just as the episode appears to sanction ( male ) definitions of authority and
authorship but actually challenges them by a plagiaristic proliferation that affirms
the labor of reading over that of writing , so it appears to applaud the patriarchal ...
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