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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The book gives a good overall review of David Foster Wallace's rendering of postmodernism and conventions of modernism. He is keenly observant of all the nefarious effects of pop culture and onslaught of TV on our life.

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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