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Invalid Port: the politics of consumption in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Hayward, Matthew C. (2019) Invalid Port: the politics of consumption in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. In: Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics and the Avant-Garde. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, pp. 149-165. ISBN 9780813056159

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While economic historians have found intimations of an Irish consumerism as far back as the eighteenth century,¹ it is in James Joyce’s lifetime that all the characteristics of a modern consumer culture coalesced. In this period, an organized transport system gave Dubliners access to centralized retail outlets stocking a great range of branded, mass-produced commodities. At the same time, Dublin’s advertising industry—nascent from the 1840s and by 1904 relatively advanced—encouraged new levels of consumption, particularly among the working and lower-middle classes, who, despite enduring poverty, saw an increase in spending power.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Matthew Hayward
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 00:58
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 00:38

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