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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The Henry / Martha correspondence indeed exemplifies what Judith Williamson
calls the “ appellation ” of the consumer by advertising , in which an exchange
occurs between the consumer and the person figured as the reader of the ad .
But despite his mercenary interpretation of the favor , Bloom seems unlikely to
call in the debt anytime soon : his moral economy is ... French ( 1976 , 86 ) notes
Bloom ' s “ mercenary interpretation of his own kindness " and calls it " distressing
He thus aims to use dialectical logic as verbal currency , or as what Marx calls "
the mind ' s coin of the realm ” ( 1978 , 110 ) . To do so he depicts Shakespeare
himself not as the grand ideal of AE ' s Platonism but as a usurer , a producer of ...
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