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David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
A Reader's Guide

by Stephen J. Burn

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2012-04-19
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1441186328
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Infinite Jest has been hailed as one the great modern American novels and its author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, as one of the most influential and innovative authors of the past 20 years. Don DeLillo called Infinite Jest a "three-stage rocket to the future," a work "equal to the huge, babbling spin-out sweep of contemporary life," while Time Magazine included Infinite Jest on its list of 100 Greatest Novels published between 1923-2006. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide was the first book to be published on the novel and is a key reference for those who wish to explore further. Infinite Jest has become an exemplar for difficulty in contemporary Fiction-its 1,079 pages full of verbal invention, oblique narration, and a scattered, nonlinear, chronology. In this comprehensively revised second edition, Burn maps Wallace's influence on contemporary American fiction, outlines Wallace's poetics, and provides a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas, before surveying Wallace's post-Infinite Jest output, including The Pale King.

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest
A Book

by David Foster Wallace

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-04-14
  • Pages : 1104
  • ISBN : 0748130985
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'A writer of virtuostic talents who can seemingly do anything' New York Times 'Wallace is a superb comedian of culture . . . his exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight' James Wood, Guardian 'He induces the kind of laughter which, when read in bed with a sleeping partner, wakes said sleeping partner up . . . He's damn good' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'One of the best books about addiction and recovery to appear in recent memory' Sunday Times Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of Infinite Jest, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . .

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest
Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine

by Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),Constance C. McPhee,Nadine M. Orenstein,Nadine Orenstein

  • Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 1588394298
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Book Analysis)

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

by Bright Summaries

  • Publisher : BrightSummaries.com
  • Release : 2019-04-08
  • Pages : 50
  • ISBN : 2808018932
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Unlock the more straightforward side of Infinite Jest with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, a vast, sweeping novel which takes in a tennis academy for gifted young players, a halfway house for recovering addicts and an “entertainment” rumoured to be so compelling that it will kill whoever watches it. The novel’s scope, humour and complexity mean that it is widely recognised as the author’s masterpiece and as one of the greatest novels of recent years. David Foster Wallace was an American writer, and is one of the most influential authors of recent years. Besides Infinite Jest, he is also known for the short story collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and Consider the Lobster. Find out everything you need to know about Infinite Jest in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

The Narrative Game: The Reading of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest as Play

The Narrative Game: The Reading of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest as Play
A Book

by Rainer Holl

  • Publisher : Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)
  • Release : 2013-05-23
  • Pages : 54
  • ISBN : 3954890577
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1996, David Foster Wallace published his second major novel 'Infinite Jest' that changed not only our understanding of what literature can do but, also the way we read literature. Despite its age, the book has not lost a single bit of its fascination, its actuality, and its academic appeal. With its hundreds of characters, thousands of pages, hundreds of endnotes and myriads of different perspectives, sub-plots, and narrative digressions, 'Infinite Jest' was, and still is, an extraordinary challenge for its readers as well as literary critics. One interesting question related to Wallace's work is to what extent readers are able to establish, and defend their own way of approaching literature, their natural reading habits, their personal boundaries, and their 'readerly authority' that are challenged by their discourse with the book. The author shows in how far the reader of 'Infinite Jest' has to get involved in this work of play, how it affects the way they read the book, and how the idiosyncratic reading experience finally becomes an integral part of the whole book itself.

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest
Wit and Humor in Italian Renaissance Art

by Paul Barolsky

  • Publisher : Columbia : University of Missouri Press
  • Release : 1978
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Fellow of Infinite Jest

A Fellow of Infinite Jest
A Book

by Thomas Yoseloff

  • Publisher : Greenwood
  • Release : 1970
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre

Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre
Performing Literature

by Frances Babbage

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2017-11-16
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 1472527232
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Why are so many theatre productions adaptations of one kind or another? Why do contemporary practitioners turn so frequently to non-dramatic texts for inspiration? This study explores the fascination of novels, short stories, children's books and autobiographies for theatre makers and examines what 'becomes' of literary texts when these are filtered into contemporary practice that includes physical theatre, multimedia performance, puppetry, immersive and site-specific performance and live art. In Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre, Frances Babbage offers a series of fresh critical perspectives on the theory of adaptation in theatre-making, focusing on meditations of prose literature within contemporary performance. Individual chapters explore the significance and impact of books as physical objects within productions; the relationship between the dramatic adaptation and literary edition; storytelling on the page and in performance; literary space and theatrical space; and prose fiction reframed as 'found text' in contemporary theatre and live art. Case studies are drawn from internationally acclaimed companies including Complicite, Elevator Repair Service, Kneehigh, Forced Entertainment, Gob Squad, Teatro Kismet and Stan's Cafe. Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre is a compelling and provocative resource for anyone interested in the potential and the challenges of using prose literature as material for new theatrical performance.

Upon Further Review

Upon Further Review
Sports in American Literature

by Michael Cocchiarale,Scott Emmert

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 219
  • ISBN : 9780275980504
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Examines the ways in which American fiction writers and poets have used sports figures and sporting events in order to comment on issues of race, gender, class, and nationality

New Media and the Transformation of Postmodern American Literature

New Media and the Transformation of Postmodern American Literature
From Cage to Connection

by Casey Michael Henry

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2019-02-07
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 1350064971
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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How has American literature after postmodernism responded to the digital age? Drawing on insights from contemporary media theory, this is the first book to explore the explosion of new media technologies as an animating context for contemporary American literature. Casey Michael Henry examines the intertwining histories of new media forms since the 1970s and literary postmodernism and its aftermath, from William Gaddis's J R and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho through to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. Through these histories, the book charts the ways in which print-based postmodern writing at first resisted new mass media forms and ultimately came to respond to them.

Symbolism 15

Symbolism 15
[Special Focus – Headnotes, Footnotes, Endnotes]

by Rüdiger Ahrens,Klaus Stierstorfer

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 2015-10-16
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 3110449072
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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While paratexts – among them headnotes, footnotes, or endnotes – have never been absent from American literature, the last two decades have seen an explosion of the phenomenon, including (mock) scholarly footnotes, to an extent that they seem to take over the text itself. In this Special Focus we shall attempt to find the reasons for this astonishing development. In our first (diachronic) section we shall explore such texts as might have fostered the present boom, from fictions by Edgar Allan Poe to Vladimir Nabokov to Mark Z. Danielewski. The second (synchronic) section, will concentrate on paratexts by David Foster Wallace, perhaps the “father” of the post-postmodern footnote, as well as those to be found in novels by Bennett Sims, Jennifer Egan and Junot Diaz, among others. It appears that, while paratexts definitely point to a high degree of self-reflexivity in the author, they equally draw attention to the textual and authorial functions of the works in which they exist. They can thus cause a reflection on the boundaries between genres like fiction, faction, and autobiography, as well as serving to highlight a host of pedagogical and social concerns that exist in the interstices between fiction and reality.

Understanding David Foster Wallace

Understanding David Foster Wallace
A Book

by Marshall Boswell

  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9781570035173
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Marshall Boswell examines the four major works of fiction David Foster Wallace has produced thus far: the novels The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest and the story collections Girl with Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest
A Novel

by David Foster Wallace

  • Publisher : Back Bay Books
  • Release : 2006-11-13
  • Pages : 1079
  • ISBN : 9780316066525
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The story of an intelligent but zany dysfunctional family is set in a drug-and-alcohol addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy and follows such themes as heartbreak, philosophy, and advertising.

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 Legacy of David Foster Wallace

The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
A Book

by Samuel Cohen,Lee Konstantinou

  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release : 2012-04-15
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 1609380827
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this elegant volume, literary critics scrutinize the existing Wallace scholarship and at the same time pioneer new ways of understanding Wallace's fiction and journalism. In critical essays exploring a variety of topics—including Wallace's relationship to American literary history, his place in literary journalism, his complicated relationship to his postmodernist predecessors, the formal difficulties of his 1996 magnum opus Infinite Jest, his environmental imagination, and the “social life” of his fiction and nonfiction—contributors plumb sources as diverse as Amazon.com reader recommendations, professional book reviews, the 2009 Infinite Summer project, and the David Foster Wallace archive at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom Center.

Back to the Core

Back to the Core
Rethinking the Core Texts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Education in Europe

by Emma Cohen de Lara,Hanke Drop

  • Publisher : Vernon Press
  • Release : 2020-10-06
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 1622739795
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Whereas liberal arts and sciences education arguably has European roots, European universities have evolved over the last century to become advanced research institutions, mainly offering academic training in specialized disciplines. The Bologna process, started by the European Union in the late nineties, encouraged European institutions of higher education to broaden their curricula and to commit to undergraduate education with increased vigor. One of the results is that Europe is currently witnessing a proliferation of liberal arts and sciences colleges and broad bachelor degrees. This edited volume fills a gap in the literature by providing reflections on the recent developments in Europe with regard to higher education in the liberal arts and sciences. The first section includes reflections from either side of the Atlantic about the nature and aims of liberal arts and sciences education and the way in which it takes shape, or should take shape in European institutions of higher learning. The edited volume takes as a distinct approach to liberal arts and sciences education by focusing on the unique way in which core texts – i.e. classic texts from philosophical, historical, literary or cultural traditions involving “the best that has been written” – meet the challenges of modern higher education in general and in Europe in particular. This approach is manifested explicitly in the second section that focuses on how specific core texts promote the goals of liberal arts and sciences education, including the teaching methods, curricular reflections, and personal experiences of teaching core texts. The edited volume is based on a selection of papers presented at a conference held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in September 2015. It is meant to impart the passion that teachers and administrators share about developing the liberal arts and sciences in Europe with the help of core texts in order to provide students with a well-rounded, formative, and genuinely liberal education.

Authorship’s Wake

Authorship’s Wake
Writing After the Death of the Author

by Philip Sayers

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2020-12-10
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1501367684
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Authorship's Wake examines the aftermath of the 1960s critique of the author, epitomized by Roland Barthes's essay, “The Death of the Author.” This critique has given rise to a body of writing that confounds generic distinctions separating the literary and the theoretical. Its archive consists of texts by writers who either directly participated in this critique, as Barthes did, or whose intellectual formation took place in its immediate aftermath. These writers include some who are known primarily as theorists (Judith Butler), others known primarily as novelists (Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace), and yet others whose texts are difficult to categorize (the autofiction of Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, and Ben Lerner; the autotheory of Maggie Nelson). These writers share not only a central motivating question – how to move beyond the critique of the author-subject – but also a way of answering it: by writing texts that merge theoretical concerns with literary discourse. Authorship's Wake traces the responses their work offers in relation to four themes: communication, intention, agency, and labor.

Depression and Dysphoria in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace

Depression and Dysphoria in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace
A Book

by Rob Mayo

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2021-01-03
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN : 1000300455
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Depression and Dysphoria in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace is the first full-length study of this critically overlooked theme, addressing a major gap in Wallace studies. Wallace has long been recognised as a ‘depression laureate’ inheriting a mantle previously held by Sylvia Plath due to the frequent and remarkable depictions of depressed characters in his fiction. However, this book resists taking Wallace’s fiction at face value and instead situates close reading of his complex fictions in theoretical dialogue both with philosophical and theoretical texts and with contemporary authors and infl uences. This book explores Wallace’s complex engagement with philosophical and medical ideas of emotional suffering and demonstrates how this evolves over his career. The shifts in Wallace’s thematic focus on various forms of dysphoria, including heartache, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety, as well as depression, correspond to an increasingly pessimistic philosophy underlying his fiction.

Music, Sensation, and Sensuality

Music, Sensation, and Sensuality
A Book

by Linda Phyllis Austern

  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN : 9780815334217
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Divided into three sections, Linda Phyllis Austern collects eighteen, cross-disciplinary essays written by some of the most important names in the field to look at this stimulating topic. The first section focuses on the cultural and scientific ways in which music and the sense of hearing work directly on the mind and body. Part Two investigates how music works on the socially constructed, representational or sexualized body as a means of healing, beautifying and maintaining a balance between the mental and physical. Finally, the book explores the action of music as it is heard and sensed by wider social units, such as the body politic, mass communication, from print to sound recording, and broadcast technologies.

More Dynamite

More Dynamite
Essays 1990-2012

by Craig Raine

  • Publisher : Atlantic Books Ltd
  • Release : 2013-12-05
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 178239205X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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More Dynamite anthologizes a wealth of essays by a writer with one of the keenest critical eyes of his generation. Craig Raine - poet, critic, novelist, Oxford don and editor - turns his fearsome and unflinching gaze on subjects ranging from Kafka to Koons, Beckett to Babel. He waxes lyrical about Ron Mueck's hyperreal sculptures and reassesses the metafiction of David Foster Wallace. For Raine, no element of cultural output is insignificant, be it cinema, fiction, poetry or installation art. Finding solace in both literature and art alike, and finding moments of truth and beauty where others had stopped looking, More Dynamite will reinvigorate readers, challenge our perceptions of the classics and wonderfully affirm our love of good writing, new and old. This extensive collection of essays is a crash course in twentieth century artistic endeavour - nothing short of a master class in high culture from one of the most discerning minds in contemporary British letters.