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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We may refine Simmel ' s analysis by means of Jean - Joseph Goux ' s insights
into the three functions of money , functions ... Money serves first as a measure of
values , as a kind of ideal gold ; Goux calls this its Imaginary function . Gold as ...
To see prices as stable reflections of value is to recognize only part of the
function of money , just as referentiality is only one of the functions of fictional
language . The stabilizing functions of money as a quantity one may hoard or
keep ( the ...
Thus , in “ Calypso , ” excrement , like money , serves three functions —
Imaginary , Symbolic and Real . ... Bloom ' s movements through the vicus of
Dublin function similarly , as he becomes a kind of universal human equivalent .
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