Understanding David Foster Wallace

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages
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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.
 

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Review: Understanding David Foster Wallace

User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

Perhaps this book has a close "Understanding" of DFW--I'm not the biggest DFW fan; I wouldn't know. Some stuff sounds like it could be on the right track, but there are assertions/arguments riddled ... Read full review

Review: Understanding David Foster Wallace

User Review  - Goodreads

I'll always read material on Wallace. Boswell is good, a bit pretentious, but good. He seems to underestimate readers' abilities to understand the theory and philosophical implications of Wallace ... Read full review

Contents

Cynicism and Na´vetÚ Modernisms Third Wave
1
The Broom of the System Wittgenstein and the Rules of the Game
21
Girl with Curious Hair Inside and Outside the Set
65
Infinite Jest Too Much Fun for Anyone Mortal to Hope to Endure
116
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Interrogations and Consolidations
180
Notes
211
Bibliography
221
Index
227
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About the author (2003)

Marshall Boswell grew up in Memphis and has moved back there to teach American literature at Rhodes College. He received his PhD from Emory University in Atlanta and has published short stories in a range of magazines, from Missouri Review to Playboy.

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