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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... resembles the labor of the Penelopean and Shakespearean artist who "
weaves and unweaves his image ” ( 9 . 378 ) . Stephen ' s earlier association of
salesmen or usurers and artists similarly yokes their efforts at generation and
By effacing these realistic details , Joyce again suggests that Ulysses is realism '
s counterfeit coin . Nevertheless , the Corley episode illustrates how narrative
operates as a medium of exchange and a substitute for labor and suggests that ...
This concealed symmetry again typifies the balancing impulse that pervades “
Ithaca " ; more importantly , it suggests an equality of earning power between the
Blooms that is manifest in a “ balance of power ” that obtains throughout their ...
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