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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Thought to apportion provinces or fates , and thus to “ define the limits . . . of
social customs ” ( Cornford 1912 [ 1957 ] , 51 ) , moira ' s moral power resembles
Joyce ' s position as cosmic economist . A person ' s moira is allotted at birth and
Thus mirrors figure not reciprocity but the narcissism and selfishness that defeat
social consciousness and community . Likewise , in “ Wandering Rocks " ( and
throughout the middle episodes of Ulysses ) reciprocity is distorted : instead of ...
The financial exchange both results from and permits the social exchange of
instruction and conversation ; the social exchange extends and reflects the
balanced reciprocity and good faith symbolized in the economic exchange .
According to ...
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