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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... seems to work himself into a contempt that mirrors Duffy ' s own bitter self -
loathing , the final paragraph returns to the disengaged style of the opening .
Indeed , the final paragraph seems pathologically neutral , as if straining with
They cross paths several times before their final encounter , including
nearmisses here and in “ Wandering Rocks , ” and an encounter at the end of “
Scylla and Charybdis ” in which Bloom crosses between Stephen and Mulligan (
9 . 1 203 ) .
Its final dot symbolizes this convergence ( cf . Litz 1974 , 404 ) : it may represent
the cosmic view of the Blooms ' yin - yang , and even the dot of the earth itself ,
rotating and revolving ; it may represent the " egg ” about which the fetal Bloom ...
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