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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For example , when considering the deaths of children in plagues and epidemics
, he deftly eludes depression by thinking of diseases as “ canvassing for death , ”
and of death as a grim salesman exhorting his customers , “ Don ' t miss this ...
Thus he accepts the Great Economy of natural laws to combat his fear of death .
His philosophy springs from a recognition of the propinquity of birth and death , of
origins and ends . Both passages are managed by doctors and women ( see 6 .
The inextricable link between birth and death is implicit even in the word Joyce
used to describe his technique in “ Hades " : incubism . It derives from the Latin
incubo ( nightmare ) , suggesting that Stephen ' s nightmare of history ...
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