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Plumtree’s Potted Meat: The Productive Error of the Commodity in 'Ulysses'

Hayward, Matthew C. (2017) Plumtree’s Potted Meat: The Productive Error of the Commodity in 'Ulysses'. Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 59 (1). pp. 57-75. ISSN 0040-4691

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Symbolic interpretations of the commodities in Ulysses have obscured fundamental material details. A materialist approach shows that Joyce significantly altered the historical commodity Plumtree’s Potted Meat in the “Ithaca” episode, representing this English product as Irish. Explaining this alteration in the context of Ireland’s colonial economy reveals the political significance of Joyce’s representation. His alteration of the productive origin of the commodity in “Ithaca” is part of that chapter’s demystification of British imperial claims of progress and universal improvement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Matthew Hayward
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 04:19
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 04:20

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