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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Both Joyce and ( as we shall see ) Leopold Bloom request this “ gift ” from their
wives and use the gift of writing to do so . More importantly , Joyce ' s conception
of his writing as part of a gift economy helps to explain the intersection of ...
The “ gluing ” of the mouths together dramatizes how words , deposited on paper
, may arrest flux and decay . Searching his pockets , he mistakes his bank notes
for writing paper ( “ Paper . The banknotes , blast them ” ) and then scribbles on ...
Bloom exploits his own attraction to “ smart ” writing females in both the showcart
idea and the want ad . ... Nevertheless , Bloom ' s design adumbrates the position
of females throughout Ulysses as writers whose output is designed to attract ...
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