Understanding David Foster Wallace

Understanding David Foster Wallace

by Marshall Boswell


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570038877
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 07/21/2009
Series: Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 808,112
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 Prefacevii
Chapter 1Cynicism and Naivete: Modernism's Third Wave1
Chapter 2The Broom of the System: Wittgenstein and the Rules of the Game21
Chapter 3Girl with Curious Hair: Inside and Outside the Set65
Chapter 4Infinite Jest: Too Much Fun for Anyone Mortal to Hope to Endure116
Chapter 5Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Interrogations and Consolidations180

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