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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To ward off guilt for exploiting the youthful Gerty , he must paint women as self -
absorbed , sexually knowing , and financially ... In postorgasmic dejection , all
sexual solicitation is equivalent — “ they like dressing one another for the
Now Bloom ' s problematic Jewishness is translated into sexual terms : his
condition as “ new womanly man " ( 15 . 1798 – 99 ) is related to his alleged "
degeneracy ” as a Semite . Thus it is as a Jew that he delivers the “ eight male
yellow and ...
Hermaphrodites thus typify the linguistic economy of “ Circe " : they are
simultaneously fetishes - sexchanges frozen into a single body - and a
representation of sexual commerce . The hermaphrodite in this way illustrates the
possibility of an ...
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