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Consider The Lobster

Consider The Lobster
Essays and Arguments

by David Foster Wallace

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-06-28
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1405521015
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humour? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in his new book of hilarious non-fiction. For this collection, David Foster Wallace immerses himself in the three-ring circus that is the presidential race in order to document one of the most vicious campaigns in recent history. Later he strolls from booth to booth at a lobster festival in Maine and risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the lobster question. Then he wheedles his way into an L.A. radio studio, armed with tubs of chicken, to get the behind-the-scenes view of a conservative talkshow featuring a host with an unnatural penchant for clothing that only looks good on the radio. In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.

Consider the Lobster

Consider the Lobster
And Other Essays

by David Foster Wallace

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 343
  • ISBN : 9780349119519
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a sick sense of humour? What is John Updike's deal anyway? And who won the Adult Video News' Female Performer of the Year Award the same year Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in his new book of hilarious non-fiction. For this collection, David Foster Wallace immerses himself in the three-ring circus that is the presidential race in order to document one of the most vicious campaigns in recent history. Later he strolls from booth to booth at a lobster festival in Maine and risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the lobster question. Then he wheedles his way into an L.A. radio studio, armed with tubs of chicken, to get the behind-the-scenes view of a conservative talk show featuring a host with an unnatural penchant for clothing that only looks good on the radio. In what is sure to be a much-talked-about exploration of distinctly modern subjects, one of the sharpest minds of our time delves into some of life's most delicious topics.

Consider the Lobster

Consider the Lobster
And Other Essays

by David Foster Wallace

  • Publisher : Back Bay Books
  • Release : 2007-07-02
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN : 9780316013321
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A collection of essays by the award-winning author of Infinite Jest shares whimsical and biting observations about such topics as the Bush-Kerry presidential race, the pain experienced by lobsters while they are being prepared for the feast, and Franz Kafka's questionable sense of humor. Reprint.

David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality

David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality
Hideousness, Neoliberalism, Spermatics

by Edward Jackson

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2020-06-11
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1350117781
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality: Hideousness, Neoliberalism, Spermatics is the first full-length study of perhaps the most controversial aspect of Wallace's work – male sexuality. Departing from biographical accounts of Wallace's troubled relationship to sex, the book offers new and engaging close readings of this vexed topic in both his fiction and non-fiction. Wallace consistently returns to images of sexual toxicity across his career to argue that, when it comes to sex, men are immutably hideous. He makes this argument by drawing on a variety of neoliberal logics and spermatic metaphors, which in their appeal to apparently neutral economic processes and natural bodily facts, forestall the possibility that men can change. The book therefore provides a revisionist account of Wallace's attitudes towards capitalism, as well as a critical dissection of his approach to masculinity and sexuality. In doing so, David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality shows how Wallace can be considered a neoliberal writer, whose commitment to furthering male sexual toxicity is a disturbing but undeniable part of his literary project.

The Iron Bars of Freedom

The Iron Bars of Freedom
David Foster Wallace and the Postmodern Self

by Stefan Hirt

  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release : 2008-03-11
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN : 3838259548
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" is one of the most ambitious American novels of the last decade. Its huge scope, its immense array of characters, and Wallace's artful mastery of language make it a complex and sometimes difficult text that has frequently been compared with other works of magnitude such as "Ulysses" and "Gravity's Rainbow". This book aims to provide the reader of Wallace's novel with one (of many) possible thread(s) which might lead him through the textual labyrinth of "Infinite Jest". It is concerned with the issues of narcissism, addiction, depression, and despair and interprets the novel within an Existentialist framework drawn from the philosophical works of Jean-Paul Sartre and Søren Kierkegaard. Hirt analyzes Wallace's portrayal of contemporary existence inside a society that, paradoxically, entraps the individual self exactly by exposing it to an unprecedented state of freedom. Furthermore, Hirt discusses the counter-proposals which Wallace weighs against postmodern culture. "Infinite Jest" is thus set in relation to postmodern literature, and the similarities as well as the differences between this literary period and "Infinite Jest" are illuminated.

Consider the Lobster

Consider the Lobster
And Other Essays

by David Foster Wallace

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2005-12-01
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0759514925
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This celebrated collection of essays from the author of Infinite Jest is "brilliantly entertaining...Consider the Lobster proves once more why Wallace should be regarded as this generation's best comic writer" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain's 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters. "Wallace can do sad, funny, silly, heartbreaking, and absurd with equal ease; he can even do them all at once." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Contemporary Fictions of Attention

Contemporary Fictions of Attention
Reading and Distraction in the Twenty-First Century

by Alice Bennett

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2018-08-09
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1474282636
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With the supposed shortening of our attention spans, what future is there for fiction in the age of the internet? Contemporary Fictions of Attention rejects this discourse of distraction-crisis which suggests that the future of reading is in peril, and instead finds that contemporary writers construct 'fictions of attention' that find some value in states or moments of inattention. Through discussion of work by a diverse selection of writers, including Joshua Cohen, Ben Lerner, Tom McCarthy, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, and David Foster Wallace, this book identifies how fiction prompts readers to become peripherally aware of their own attention. Contemporary Fictions of Attention locates a common interest in attention within 21st-century fiction and connects this interest to a series of debates surrounding ethics, temporality, the everyday, boredom, work, and self-discipline in contemporary culture.

Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy
A Book

by Robert K. Bolger,Scott Korb

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2014-06-19
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1441164081
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be." Gesturing Toward Reality looks into this quality of Wallace's work-when the writer dons the philosopher's cap-and sees something else. With essays offering a careful perusal of Wallace's extensive and heavily annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's influence on his fiction, and serious explorations into the moral and spiritual landscape where Wallace lived and wrote, this collection offers a perspective on Wallace that even he was not always ready to see. Since so much has been said in specifically literary circles about Wallace's philosophical acumen, it seems natural to have those with an interest in both philosophy and Wallace's writing address how these two areas come together.

Diaphanous Bodies

Diaphanous Bodies
Ability, Disability, and Modernist Irish Literature

by Jeremy Colangelo

  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release : 2021-11-15
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN : 0472132792
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Analyzing the invisible abled body through the work of Joyce, Beckett, Egerton, and Bowen

Art rendez-vous Architecture ¥ Episode 6

Art rendez-vous Architecture ¥ Episode 6
A Book

by Alexander Pilis

  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release : 2022
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 1794872442
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Musical Stimulacra

Musical Stimulacra
Literary Narrative and the Urge to Listen

by Ivan Delazari

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-12-29
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 1000327809
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The title coinage of this book, stimulacra, refers to the fundamental capacity of literary narrative to stimulate our minds and senses by simulating things through words. Musical stimulacra are passages of fiction that readers are empowered to transpose into mental simulations of music. The book theorizes how fiction can generate musical experience, explains what constitutes that experience, and explores the musical dimensions of three American novels: William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central (2005), William H. Gass’s Middle C (2013), and Richard Powers’s Orfeo (2014). Musical Stimulacra approaches fiction’s music from a readerly perspective. Instead of looking at how novels forever fail to compensate for music’s physical, structural, and affective properties, the book concentrates on what literary narrative can do musically. Negotiating common grounds for cognitive audionarratology and intermediality studies, Musical Stimulacra builds its case on the assumption that, among other things, fiction urges us to listen—to musical words and worlds.

Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer

Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer
A Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary American Literature

by Allard den Dulk

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2014-12-18
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1628923334
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American literature. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Den Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus.

The Nature Essay

The Nature Essay
Ecocritical Explorations

by Simone Schröder

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2019-01-04
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN : 900438927X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Nature Essay: Ecocritical Explorations Simone Schröder offers the first extended account of the nature essay. Her ecocritical readings of essays engage with the genre's central epistemological and poetic paradigms, revealing its unique capacity to serve as a platform for environmental discourse.

Counterfeit Culture

Counterfeit Culture
Truth and Authenticity in the American Prose Epic since 1960

by Rob Turner

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2019-06-20
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 1108428487
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Explores the possibility of writing epic in an age of alternative facts.

The Curious Habits of Man

The Curious Habits of Man
Essays and Effluence

by Brian Kenneth Swain

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2013-07-25
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN : 1475996640
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is the one true secret to weight loss? What is the correct way to make a grilled cheese sandwich? Is the designated hitter rule the salvation of baseball or its undoing? Is it rational to be an optimist? And—the question that haunts us all— should toilet paper unwind over the top of the roll or from underneath? In his first collection of essays, author Brian Kenneth Swain tackles hundreds of life’s questions while exploring a vast array of subjects—from tubas to two year-olds, from field goals to child labor laws, and from high school shop class to the worst round of golf ever played. With an acerbic wit and an honest approach, Swain shares his perspective on such pivotal matters as how to ski without losing a limb or your self-esteem, how to correctly prepare and consume lobster according to Maine standards, and whether marketing ploys hypnotically convince consumers to replace perfectly functioning items without a second thought. Swain encourages a kind of tongue-in-cheek thinking that prompts us to take a second look at the world around us. The Curious Habits of Man shares an amusing glimpse at life as one man contemplates many of our greatest—and smallest—questions.

An Ethics Beyond

An Ethics Beyond
Posthumanist Animal Encounters and Variable Kindness in the Fiction of George Saunders

by Kevin Richard Kaiser

  • Publisher : Universitat de València
  • Release : 2019-07-22
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 8491344616
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This study examines the fiction of contemporary American author George Saunders in terms of how it presents situations applicable to the chief notions of posthumanist ethics and how these conceptions concern nonhuman animals, which are prevalent in his writing. Posthumanist ethics can help us understand what is at play in Saunders’s fiction. Meanwhile, his texts can help us understand what is at stake in posthumanist ethics. This interdisciplinary project may be beneficial both to conceiving new notions of ethics that are more inclusive and, more implicitly, to understanding the relevance of Saunders’s fiction to the current American sociocultural climate.

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
Work from 1970 to the Present

by Lex Williford,Michael Martone

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2007-12-11
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN : 9781416545118
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more. Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970. Contributers include: Jo Ann Beard, Wendell Berry, Eula Biss, Mary Clearman Blew, Charles Bowden, Janet Burroway, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Michael W. Cox, Annie Dillard, Mark Doty, Brian Doyle, Tony Earley, Anthony Farrington, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Diane Glancy, Lucy Grealy, William Harrison, Robin Hemley, Adam Hochschild, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver , Ted Kooser, Sara Levine, E.J. Levy, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Thomas Lynch, Lee Martin, Rebecca McCLanahan, Erin McGraw, John McPhee, Brenda Miller, Dinty W. Moore, Kathleen Norris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lia Purpura, Richard Rhodes, Bill Roorbach, David Sedaris, Richard Selzer, Sue William Silverman, Floyd Skloot, Lauren Slater, Cheryl Strayed, Amy Tan, Ryan Van Meter, David Foster Wallace, and Joy Williams.

The Global Remapping of American Literature

The Global Remapping of American Literature
A Book

by Paul Giles

  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 2018-06-12
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 0691180784
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book charts how the cartographies of American literature as an institutional category have varied radically across different times and places. Arguing that American literature was consolidated as a distinctively nationalist entity only in the wake of the U.S. Civil War, Paul Giles identifies this formation as extending until the beginning of the Reagan presidency in 1981. He contrasts this with the more amorphous boundaries of American culture in the eighteenth century, and with ways in which conditions of globalization at the turn of the twenty-first century have reconfigured the parameters of the subject. In light of these fluctuating conceptions of space, Giles suggests new ways of understanding the shifting territory of American literary history. ranging from Cotton Mather to David Foster Wallace, and from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Zora Neale Hurston. Giles considers why European medievalism and Native American prehistory were crucial to classic nineteenth-century authors such as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville. He discusses how twentieth-century technological innovations, such as air travel, affected representations of the national domain in the texts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. And he analyzes how regional projections of the South and the Pacific Northwest helped to shape the work of writers such as William Gilmore Simms, José Martí, Elizabeth Bishop, and William Gibson. Bringing together literary analysis, political history, and cultural geography, The Global Remapping of American Literature reorients the subject for the transnational era.

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace
A Book

by Ralph Clare

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2018-08-31
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 1108602576
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Best known for his masterpiece Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace re-invented fiction and non-fiction for a generation with his groundbreaking and original work. Wallace's desire to blend formal innovation and self-reflexivity with the communicative and restorative function of literature resulted in works that appeal as much to a reader's intellect as they do emotion. As such, few writers in recent memory have quite matched his work's intense critical and popular impact. The essays in this Companion, written by top Wallace scholars, offer a historical and cultural context for grasping Wallace's significance, provide rigorous individual readings of each of his major works, whether story collections, non-fiction, or novels, and address the key themes and concerns of these works, including aesthetics, politics, religion and spirituality, race, and post-humanism. This wide-ranging volume is a necessary resource for understanding an author now widely regarded as one of the most influential and important of his time.

The Planetary Clock

The Planetary Clock
Antipodean Time and Spherical Postmodern Fictions

by Paul Giles

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 2021-02-11
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 0198857721
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Ranging over various aesthetic forms (literature, film, music) in the period since 1960, this volume brings an antipodean perspective into conversation with the art and culture of the Northern Hemisphere, to reformulate postmodernism as a properly global phenomenon.