Understanding David Foster Wallace guides readers through thoughtful examinations of Wallace's novels The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest and first two short story collections, Girl with Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. In his readings of these works, Marshall Boswell affirms that Wallace (1962-2008), in his fiction, compels our attention for the singular excellence of his work and his groundbreaking effort to chart a fruitful and affirmative new direction for literary fiction.
|Publisher:||University of South Carolina Press|
|Series:||Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series|
|Product dimensions:||4.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Marshall Boswell is an associate professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis. He is the author of John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy: Mastered Irony in Motion, the short story collection Trouble with Girls, and the novel Alternative Atlanta. Most recently he edited the fourth volume of Facts on File The Encyclopedia of American Literature.
Table of Contents
|Series Editor's Preface||vii|
|Chapter 1||Cynicism and Naivete: Modernism's Third Wave||1|
|Chapter 2||The Broom of the System: Wittgenstein and the Rules of the Game||21|
|Chapter 3||Girl with Curious Hair: Inside and Outside the Set||65|
|Chapter 4||Infinite Jest: Too Much Fun for Anyone Mortal to Hope to Endure||116|
|Chapter 5||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Interrogations and Consolidations||180|