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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This is perhaps an appropriate stance since , according to Simmel , metropolitan
life demands adherence to " punctuality , calculability , exactness ” ( 1950 , 413 ) ,
qualities displayed in the narrator ' s charting of movements and times . Instead ...
Both the counterfeiter and the forger named Jim the Penman resemble the
narrator , although the narrator is probably a lesser artist than either of them .
Capable of penning a decent facsimile of events but not good enough to pass his
work off ...
The bookkeeper - narrator ' s lists of Bloom ' s objects are not narratives ; in fact ,
they interrupt the fantasy in which they reside by exhaustively compiling the
objects within it , and the story of Bloom becomes instead a display of the
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