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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Thus many of the theorists who view reciprocity as a norm also recognize a
conflicting strain in social behavior . As Blau observes , people are interested in “
maintaining a balance between inputs and outputs and staying out of debt ; . . .
the prevalence of mirrors . The mirror produces a reciprocity of gaze ( see 17 .
1340 – 60 ) and thus may seem to represent the norm of economic reciprocity , in
which parties receive what they give . But only the most self - absorbed
but from the impossibility of closure ; his recognition of serial usurpation thus
surpasses Homeric retributive reciprocity . He posits an infinite economy in which
there is no last term but only eternal rotation , an economy also embodied in ...
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