A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies by Marshall Boswell, Stephen J. Burn

By Marshall Boswell, Stephen J. Burn

Feedback of the paintings of David Foster Wallace has tended to be atomistic, targeting a unmarried point of person works. A significant other to the paintings of David Foster Wallace is designed as a qualified research of all of Wallace's artistic paintings. With essays written via either best students within the box and fascinating beginners, the amount is anchored by way of a suite of essays that supply exact readings of every of his significant works of fiction, together with 3 novels and 3 tale collections. Interwoven via those half-dozen single-text reports are thematic-based essays that handle higher segments of Wallace's success through an eclectic variety of severe environments, together with arithmetic, the spatial flip in modern feedback, gender idea, the legacy of yank Pragmatism, and the emergent box of post-postmodern literary stories.

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1 In 2005, Wallace praised McCarthy’s “ability to use antiquated, ornate English in ways that don’t seem silly or stilted” and said he was under “no illusion” he could do the same (CW 156–57). In 1988, however, he wasn’t so shy. As well as engaging with the literary trends of the 1980s, Wallace also addressed metafiction, a 20-year-old mode that he interrogates most directly in the book’s culminating novella. There he confronts John Barth’s “Lost in the Funhouse,” “American metafiction’s . . most famous story” (GCH 237), and, by using metafictional techniques himself, tries “to expose the illusions of metafiction” (CW 40).

17 Wallace often spoke of the relationship between writer and reader as “very strange and complicated” (CW 62), but ultimately, he argued, narrative voice was the key to creating “a feeling of intimacy” between the two (Lipsky 72). What I’ve attempted to demonstrate in this essay is the extent to which Wallace was a reader as well as a writer. In other words, the first feeling of intimacy that he hoped to cultivate was with the writers and critics whose work he admired. Each individual story engages in what Harold Bloom calls a “strong misreading” (xxiii) of its sources or manages what Bakhtin terms a “double-voiced discourse” (Problems 199), while the collection as a whole stages a debate about fictional futures.

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