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The Resource David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" : new essays on the novels, edited by Marshall Boswell

David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" : new essays on the novels, edited by Marshall Boswell

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David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" : new essays on the novels
Title
David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing"
Title remainder
new essays on the novels
Statement of responsibility
edited by Marshall Boswell
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Language
eng
Summary
"Of the twelve books David Foster Wallace published both during his lifetime and posthumously, only three were novels. Nevertheless, Wallace always thought of himself primarily as a novelist. From his college years at Amherst, when he wrote his first novel as part of a creative honors thesis, to his final days, Wallace was buried in a novel project, which he often referred to as "the Long Thing." Meanwhile, the short stories and journalistic assignments he worked on during those years he characterized as "playing hooky from a certain Larger Thing." Wallace was also a specific kind of novelist, devoted to producing a specific kind of novel, namely the omnivorous, culture-consuming "encyclopedic" novel, as described in 1976 by Edward Mendelson in a ground-breaking essay on Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" is a state-of-the art guide through Wallace's three major works, including the generation-defining Infinite Jest. These essays provide fresh new readings of each of Wallace's novels as well as thematic essays that trace out patterns and connections across the three works. Most importantly, the collection includes six chapters on Wallace's unfinished novel, The Pale King, that will prove to be foundational for future scholars of this important text"--
Summary
"Of the twelve books David Foster Wallace published both during his lifetime and posthumously, only three were novels. Nevertheless, Wallace always thought of himself primarily as a novelist. From his college years at Amherst, when he wrote his first novel as part of a creative honors thesis, to his final days, Wallace was buried in a novel project, which he often referred to as "the Long Thing." Meanwhile, the short stories and journalistic assignments he worked on during those years he characterized as "playing hooky from a certain Larger Thing." Wallace was also a specific kind of novelist, devoted to producing a specific kind of novel, namely the omnivorous, culture-consuming "encyclopedic" novel, as described in 1976 by Edward Mendelson in a ground-breaking essay on Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" is a state-of-the art guide through Wallace's three major works, including the generation-defining Infinite Jest. These essays provide fresh new readings of each of Wallace's novels as well as thematic essays that trace out patterns and connections across the three works. Most importantly, the collection includes six chapters on Wallace's unfinished novel, The Pale King, that will prove to be foundational for future scholars of this important text"--
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10324813
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DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
Literary form
essays
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • 1965-
  • 1965-
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  • Boswell, Marshall
  • Boswell, Marshall
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True
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  • Wallace, David Foster
  • Wallace, David Foster
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adult
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new essays on the novels
Label
David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" : new essays on the novels, edited by Marshall Boswell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-240) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
David Foster Wallace and the Novel of Ideas / Adam Kelly -- Wallace and empathy: a narrative approach / Toon Staes -- Boredom, irony, and anxiety: Wallace and the Kierkegaardian view of the self / Allard den Dulk -- Modeling community and narrative in Infinite Jest and The Pale King / Andrew Warren -- "Then Out of the Rubble": David Foster Wallace's early fiction / Bradley J. Fest -- Representing Entertainment in Infinite Jest / Philip Sayers -- Encyclopedic Novels and the Cruft of Fiction: Infinite Jest's endnotes / David Letzler -- "A Paradigm for the Life of Consciousness": The Pale King / Stephen J. Burn -- "What Am I, a Machine?": Humans and information in The Pale King / Conley Wouters -- The Politics of Boredom and the Boredom of Politics in The Pale King / Ralph Clare -- Trickle-Down Citizenship: Taxes and Civic Responsibility in The Pale King / Marshall Boswell
Control code
ocn877077424
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 252 pages
Isbn
9781628924534
Isbn Type
(PB)
Lccn
2014006807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)877077424
Label
David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" : new essays on the novels, edited by Marshall Boswell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
David Foster Wallace and the Novel of Ideas / Adam Kelly -- Wallace and empathy: a narrative approach / Toon Staes -- Boredom, irony, and anxiety: Wallace and the Kierkegaardian view of the self / Allard den Dulk -- Modeling community and narrative in Infinite Jest and The Pale King / Andrew Warren -- "Then Out of the Rubble": David Foster Wallace's early fiction / Bradley J. Fest -- Representing Entertainment in Infinite Jest / Philip Sayers -- Encyclopedic Novels and the Cruft of Fiction: Infinite Jest's endnotes / David Letzler -- "A Paradigm for the Life of Consciousness": The Pale King / Stephen J. Burn -- "What Am I, a Machine?": Humans and information in The Pale King / Conley Wouters -- The Politics of Boredom and the Boredom of Politics in The Pale King / Ralph Clare -- Trickle-Down Citizenship: Taxes and Civic Responsibility in The Pale King / Marshall Boswell
Control code
ocn877077424
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 252 pages
Isbn
9781628924534
Isbn Type
(PB)
Lccn
2014006807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)877077424

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