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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They could easily have big establishments whole thing quite painless out of all
the taxes give every child born five quid at compound interest up to twentyone
five per cent is a hundred shillings and five tiresome pounds multiply by twenty ...
I could wish , ” he says , “ that I were able to make and you to receive the payment
and not merely as now the interest . But at any rate receive this interest and the
offspring of the good ” ( 1961 , 742 ) . Socrates is a kind of banker of ideas who ...
It is a trivial sum , but this inverse " interest " on what Bloom later calls Stephen ' s
“ loan ” ( although the debt really runs in the opposite direction ) unbalances the
exchange and signifies the open - endedness also certified by their agreement ...
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