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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Through such double - entry justice , Joyce attempted to turn life ' s losses into art
' s gains , using art to pay the debts of ... Retribution becomes self - punishment ,
as the artist ' s attempts to balance his ledger merely create another loss , and ...
attempts to provide that “ anchor " that prevents signifiers from “ drifting ” into new
significations ( Goux 1990 , 114 ) . ... Hence his concern for the valuation of the
number eighty ( a neighbor ' s house ) is an attempt to suppress his “ morning ...
O ' Molloy attempts to conceal his incipient bankruptcy by borrowing words —
and hence authority and verbal credit — from a more successful lawyer . But his
discourse is inflated currency ; rather than buttressing his authority , his verbal ...
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