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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Writing that remains outside this cyclic economy of production and consumption
will fail to fulfill to the Symbolic function in the linguistic economy and remain only
a dead shell . Stephen makes other material deposits that moor him to the ...
Despite his materialism , however , Bloom ' s economic life remains somewhat
troubled . While prices seem to offer reassurance and stability in a world of
perilous flux , they fail to furnish authentic security , precisely because money
itself plays ...
Cunningham ( who is said to resemble Shakespeare ) remains problematic . On
the one hand , he performs charitable acts , helping out orphans despite his own
domestic and economic problems ( his drunken wife pawns the furniture ) , and ...
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