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Acedia and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

Zuzanna Ladyga

in The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474442923
eISBN:
9781474477031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442923.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

David Foster Wallace’s novel The Pale King (2011) employs the trope of acedia as the mode of its literary subjectivity. The analysis in this chapter focuses on Wallace’s detailed study of ... More


Suburb, Network, Homeland: National Space and the Rhetoric of Broadcasting

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the landscape of American broadcasting in the second half of the twentieth century evolved from a situation in which values of liberal independence acted as a front for the ... More


David Foster Wallace on the Good Life

Nathan Ballantyne and Justin Tosi

in Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter presents David Foster Wallace's opinion about the three positions regarding the good life—ironism, hedonism, and narrative theories. Ironism involves distancing oneself from everything ... More


Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Steven Cahn and Maureen Eckert (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The book Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, published in 2010, presented David Foster Wallace's challenge to Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In this anthology, notable ... More


David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value

Jeffrey Severs

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231179447
eISBN:
9780231543118
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231179447.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

What do we value? Why do we value it? And in a neoliberal age, can morality ever displace money as the primary means of defining value? These are the questions that drove David Foster Wallace, a ... More


David Foster Wallace as American Hedgehog

Daniel R. Kelly

in Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter provides a general description of David Foster Wallace's work by comparing him to a fox and to a hedgehog. Wallace is comparable to a fox, in the sense that he knew many things, ranging ... More


Infinite Jest’s Environmental Case for Disgust

Heather Houser

in Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165143
eISBN:
9780231537360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter studies the functions of disgust through the varieties of detachment that circulate through David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (1996). In this story world, detachment is not only a ... More


Art is on the way: from the abject opening of Underworld to the shitty ending of Oblivion

Calvin Thomas

in Abject Visions: Powers of Horror in Art and Visual Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780719096280
eISBN:
9781526109866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719096280.003.0011
Subject:
Art, Art History

Calvin Thomas explores the differing roles of the abject as a theme in the writings of the contemporary authors Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace. For Thomas, Wallace’s novella ‘The Suffering ... More


Fatalism, Time Travel, and System J

Maureen Eckert

in Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter describes the similarity between fatalists and time travelers, and presents David Foster Wallace's opinion concerning the error within this comparison. Fatalists regard the future like ... More


David Foster Wallace and the Fallacies of “Fatalism”

William Hasker

in Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter presents David Foster Wallace's argument against John Turk Saunders' criticism of fatalism in Richard Taylor's essay “The Problem of Future Contingencies.” The essay was a carefully ... More


The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Zuzanna Ladyga

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474442923
eISBN:
9781474477031
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442923.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature focuses on the issue of productivity, using the figure of laziness to negotiate the relation between the ethical and the aesthetic. ... More


Quartet: Wallace’s Wittgenstein, Moran’s Amis

Stephen Mulhall

in The Self and its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199661787
eISBN:
9780191748301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661787.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter begins by examining Wittgenstein's influence on David Foster Wallace's first novel, The Broom of the System. It then considers Richard Moran's study of self-knowledge, Authority and ... More


Fatalism and the Metaphysics of Contingency

M. Oreste Fiocco

in Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the notion of contingency as opposed to the notion of fatalism, and presents David Foster Wallace's argument concerning necessity and possibility in a temporal world. ... More


Rewriting Language

Matthew Mullins

in Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190459505
eISBN:
9780190459529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459505.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter recasts language, the long-standing centerpiece of postmodern metafiction and postmodern literary theory, as a material phenomenon by cultivating a non-linguistic-centered reading of ... More


Wallace, Free Choice, and Fatalism

Gila Sher

in Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161534
eISBN:
9780231539166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161534.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines David Foster Wallace's notion of freedom of choice in relation to fatalism. Wallace states that freedom of choice is the “total freedom of choice regarding what to think about.” ... More


Coda: Modernism’s Afterlife in the Age of Prosthetic Pleasure

Laura Frost

in The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231152723
eISBN:
9780231526463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231152723.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This coda focuses on the legacy of modernism's anxiety about and hierarchization of pleasure by offering a reading of David Foster Wallace's 1996 novel Infinite Jest. Since his death in 2008, critics ... More


Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Heather Houser

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165143
eISBN:
9780231537360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book traces the development of “Ecosickness fiction” through an assessment of contemporary U.S. novels and memoirs. It describes how the 1970s brought about a new understanding of the biological ... More


Accounting 101: Reading the Exomodern

Mitchum Huehls

in After Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190456221
eISBN:
9780190456245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456221.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The coda looks at the nature of accounting in David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King to describe a post-symptomatic reading method that shares contemporary literature’s more ontological commitments. I ... More


Epilogue

Ritzenberg Aaron

in The Sentimental Touch: The Language of Feeling in the Age of Managerialism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245529
eISBN:
9780823252558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245529.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The epilogue notes the scarcity of the sentimental touch in the middle and end of the twentieth century. The vanishing trope continues to suggest the utopian possibility of unmediated communication, ... More


Family Feud: The Game-Show Families of Salinger, Wallace, and Anderson

Mike Miley

in Truth and Consequences: Game Shows in Fiction and Film

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496825384
eISBN:
9781496825438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496825384.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Round Three features a detailed study of three works by three major American authors who not only make game shows central plot devices but also create familial relationships among the game show ... More


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