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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Excrement as a medium of circulation thus mimics the economy of the gift . This
economy and Bloom ' s attraction to cyclicity are therefore integrally related , and
their resemblance is inscribed both in Bloom ' s spatial movements through ...
If the symbols of “ Hades ” and “ Wandering Rocks ” ( heart and blood ,
respectively ) imply that citizens are unified by circulation and exchange , Dodd '
s usury demonstrates his attempt to halt circulation , to stand “ in the stream
where surplus ...
The circulation of blood - money and social currency _ knits together the
community so that what affects one character or group of characters necessarily
redounds upon others . Ideally , such circulation takes the form of gifts , which act
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