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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Shop girls earned a paltry 7s to 10s per week ; the lucky ones who held clerical
jobs might make as much as 12s 6d a week ( O ' Brien 1982 , 205 - 6 ) . ...
Stephen earns £3 12s a month , which comes to between 16 and 17 shillings a
One of his stories ( about receiving a cloak from Odysseus ) earns the Cretan a
warmer cloak . Here , then , narratives are cloaks , false skins , truthful lies that
earn tellers return gifts . Narrative is a medium of exchange whose value as ...
Indeed , if the figures Boylan recites on the phone to his secretary - £1 7s 6d ( £2
15 for the two ) — are Molly ' s fees for her concerts , then her earning power is
excellent , especially considering that many male laborers in Dublin supported ...
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