With Ulysses — as with all of Joyce’s work (I haven’t read Chamber Music enough to know if it extends to this) but think one of his primary concerns is with how context (cultural and in so much as landscape is culture) produces identity.
Archive | August, 2003
“Money talks’ because money is a metaphor, a transfer, and a bridge. Like words and language, money is a storehouse of communally achieved work, skill, and experience. Money, however, is also a specialist technology like writing; and as writing intensifies the visual aspect of speech and order, and as the clock visually separates time from space, so money separates work from the other social functions. Even today money is a language for translating the work of the farmer into the work of the barber, doctor, engineer, or plumber. As a vast social metaphor, bridge, or translator, money-like writing-speeds up exchange and tightens the bonds of interdependence in any community. It gives great spatial expansion and control to political organizations, just as writing does, or the calendar. — Marshal McLuhan