David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

In Infinite Jest (1996), the shade of another suicide stalks the novel's dark night
and explains that “death was just everything outside you getting really slow” (883
). The frequency with which ghosts haunt these books tells the reader something
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Author: Stephen J. Burn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441186328

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Infinite Jest has been hailed as one the great modern American novels and its author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, as one of the most influential and innovative authors of the past 20 years. Don DeLillo called Infinite Jest a "three-stage rocket to the future," a work "equal to the huge, babbling spin-out sweep of contemporary life," while Time Magazine included Infinite Jest on its list of 100 Greatest Novels published between 1923-2006. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide was the first book to be published on the novel and is a key reference for those who wish to explore further. Infinite Jest has become an exemplar for difficulty in contemporary Fiction-its 1,079 pages full of verbal invention, oblique narration, and a scattered, nonlinear, chronology. In this comprehensively revised second edition, Burn maps Wallace's influence on contemporary American fiction, outlines Wallace's poetics, and provides a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas, before surveying Wallace's post-Infinite Jest output, including The Pale King.

Infinite Jest Postmodernism and Irony

On the other hand, the novel, I argue, not only posits the tyranny of this newfound perverse freedom in Western culture, but also laments the backlash of overt sincerity that is equally oppressive, represented by the AA parts of the novel.

Author: Alexander Charles Ruhsenberger

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Category: Irony

Page: 49

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I examine David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, looking at the ways in which it speaks to our current cultural moment. I posit that Wallace, in the novel, is able to use his story to comment on the ground-clearing nature of irony, technological abstraction, and postpostmodernism, and suggest that the post-postmodern future makes individuals catatonic. I also argue that Wallace predicted many of the ironic features of post-postmodernism because he lived and wrote in a generation that came after postmodernism. Wallace identifies TV as quintessentially post-postmodern, where meaning is neutralized through a Fredric Jameson's idea of pastiche--a kind of irony that only seeks to reference itself. The opening scene of Infinite Jest shows a young man unable to speak to adults, and unable to extoll his virtues. Hal, the main character in the scene, loses his ability to speak. And if readers take Hal’s metaphorical catatonia a step farther, they will see a Hal representative of a millennial generation, also unable to speak. Hal is a post-postmodern child, buried by a culture of irony and Jameson's pastiche and depthlessness, where diatribes on metaphysical aboutness are more important than the meaning of things themselves. Wallace defines this problem, in the novel, as a central obsession and avoidance of the cultural feeling of "anhedonia," the radical abstracting of things that were once full of meaning of affective content. Soren Kierkegaard also defines this problem as "infinite absolute negativity," where individuals can become purely ironic and absent from society, gaining a kind of perverse negative freedom. On the other hand, the novel, I argue, not only posits the tyranny of this newfound perverse freedom in Western culture, but also laments the backlash of overt sincerity that is equally oppressive, represented by the AA parts of the novel. In end, I argue Wallace's novel laments the fact that we are losing something essential human when it comes to making our own choices about what to believe in, in our contemporary age.

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

Appendix THE CHRONOLOGY OF INFINITE JEST " THE AMERICAN CENTURY
AS SEEN THROUGH A BRICK " ( p . 989n24 ) This skeleton chronology is
designed to help the reader navigate the temporal disruptions of Wallace's
complex ...

Author: Stephen Burn

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826414779

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.



Infinite Jest

His voice was a shock to the literary system a youthful, confident, headlong tour
de force that came increasingly to sound, with Infinite Jest, his third book, like the
hot neural transactions of consciousness itself, with its digressions and ...

Author: David Foster Wallace

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748130985

Category: Fiction

Page: 1104

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'A writer of virtuostic talents who can seemingly do anything' New York Times 'Wallace is a superb comedian of culture . . . his exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight' James Wood, Guardian 'He induces the kind of laughter which, when read in bed with a sleeping partner, wakes said sleeping partner up . . . He's damn good' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'One of the best books about addiction and recovery to appear in recent memory' Sunday Times Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of Infinite Jest, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . .

Infinite Jest

Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588394298

Category: Art

Page: 216

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012.

The Narrative Game The Reading of David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest as Play

As centre, it is the point at which the substitution of contents, elements, or terms is
no longer possible.” (Derrida 1966:p.150) The only centre that the text offers is
the lethally addictive entertainment; the movie Infinite Jest. This movie, which was
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Author: Rainer Holl

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954895579

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 47

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In 1996, David Foster Wallace published his second major novel 'Infinite Jest' that changed not only our understanding of what literature can do but, also the way we read literature. Despite its age, the book has not lost a single bit of its fascination, its actuality, and its academic appeal. With its hundreds of characters, thousands of pages, hundreds of endnotes and myriads of different perspectives, sub-plots, and narrative digressions, 'Infinite Jest' was, and still is, an extraordinary challenge for its readers as well as literary critics. One interesting question related to Wallace's work is to what extent readers are able to establish, and defend their own way of approaching literature, their natural reading habits, their personal boundaries, and their ‘readerly authority’ that are challenged by their discourse with the book. The author shows in how far the reader of 'Infinite Jest' has to get involved in this work of play, how it affects the way they read the book, and how the idiosyncratic reading experience finally becomes an integral part of the whole book itself.


A Fellow Of Infinite Jest

This Shakespearean literary themed 6 x 9 inch blank lined journal, sports Yorick's skull from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, with the quote "A fellow of infinite jest".

Author: Kings Men Players

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781074196059

Category:

Page: 122

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This Shakespearean literary themed 6 x 9 inch blank lined journal, sports Yorick's skull from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, with the quote "A fellow of infinite jest". An ideal drama themed gift for lovers of the bard, of theatre, students and actors. Also makes a great gag gift for medics, teachers and coroners.

Alas Poor Yorick A Fellow Of Infinite Jest

This Shakespearean literary themed 6 x 9 inch blank lined journal, sports Yorick's skull from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, with the quote "A fellow of infinite jest".

Author: Kings Men Players

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781074199562

Category:

Page: 122

View: 578

This Shakespearean literary themed 6 x 9 inch blank lined journal, sports Yorick's skull from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, with the quote "A fellow of infinite jest". An ideal drama themed gift for lovers of the bard, of theatre, students and actors. Also makes a great gag gift for medics, teachers and coroners.

The Reading of David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest as Play

I want to find out in how far the readers of 'Infinite Jest' have to get involved in this work of play, how it affects the way they read the book and how the idiosyncratic reading experience finally becomes an integral part of the whole ...

Author: Rainer Holl

Publisher:

ISBN: 9783656322696

Category:

Page: 52

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, TU Dortmund (Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik), language: English, abstract: In 1996, David Foster Wallace published his second major novel 'Infinite Jest' that changed not only our understanding of what literature can do but also the way we read literature. With its hundreds of characters, thousands of pages, hundreds of endnotes and myriads of different perspectives, sub-plots and narrative digressions, Infinite Jest was and still is a extraordinary challenge for its readers. An interesting question related to Wallaces work is to what extent readers are able to establish and defend their own rules and boundaries that are challenged by their discourse with the book. The whole reading process can thus be seen as a work of play that is established between the poles of 'infinity' and 'jest'. This opens up a new narratological dimension which has an immediate impact on the autonomy of the reader. I want to find out in how far the readers of 'Infinite Jest' have to get involved in this work of play, how it affects the way they read the book and how the idiosyncratic reading experience finally becomes an integral part of the whole book itself.


Infinite Jest 2

INFINITE JEST 2 takes a look at the world of media in 2024. Film available for academic purposes at: https://youtu.be/t1iBihSzgL4 Live show available for academic purposes at: https://youtu.be/k8PPxO_Io9c

Author: Hiatt K. Hernon

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Arts

Page: 28

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INFINITE JEST 2 takes a look at the world of media in 2024. Film available for academic purposes at: https://youtu.be/t1iBihSzgL4 Live show available for academic purposes at: https://youtu.be/k8PPxO_Io9c


How to Give Or Take Anything

"In the course of this paper, I will be using [Infinite Jest] as an inflection point in literature, signaling a shift away from the postmodern era in an attempt to reinject meaning, truth, and trust into our society.

Author: Eric Berman

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Postmodernism (Literature)

Page: 66

View: 617

"In the course of this paper, I will be using [Infinite Jest] as an inflection point in literature, signaling a shift away from the postmodern era in an attempt to reinject meaning, truth, and trust into our society. Going beyond the New Sincerity movement that Wallace called for in his 1993 essay, IJ signals an attempt by fiction writers at the turn of the millennium to expose the ways our sociopolitical systems are failing to adapt to the social simulacra presented by new media. They warn of postmodernism's ideology habituating its citizens into solipsistic loops, as this new cultural fabric wraps individuals ever more tightly into isolated existences. IJ on its own may fall short of providing clear answers as to how to escape the problems generated by this changing media landscape, but nonetheless establishes pivotal steps to rebuild the foundation of the social sphere."--Page 5.

Notebook College Ruled

Perfect size to tuck into a purse, keep on a desk or as a cherished bedside companion, ready for journaling and doodling. If you need ideas for a birthday present, this is it! Under $10 dollars makes it a great bargain.

Author: Regina Stephens

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 120

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Shakespeare Quote A Fellow Of Infinite Jest A Wonderful Friends Gift Under 10.00! Filled with 120 writing pages! of lined paper, for recording thoughts, gratitude, notes, ideas, prayers, or sketches. This motivational and inspirational notebook with a funny quote makes a memorable (and useful) gift for anyone! Imagine the look on their face when your Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Husband, Wife, Aunt or Uncle open the box and find their new favorite notebook! Fits perfectly in purse to use for thoughts, notes, plans, wedding ideas, to do lists, and to express your creative ideas! Perfect size to tuck into a purse, keep on a desk or as a cherished bedside companion, ready for journaling and doodling. If you need ideas for a birthday present, this is it! Under $10 dollars makes it a great bargain. Makes a unique and original gift for your daughter, son, grandma, grandpa, brother, sister or friend! Give a gift they'll always remember! I'll Be There For You Gift Friends Notebook - 6x9 inches Softcover Journal Book - 120 Inside Pages - Lined on Both Sides - Lined paper is acid-free; it's perfect for writing with a pen, pencil, or any writing utensil of your choice - An awesome present for Father's Day, Mother's Day, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and any occasion. Write & Be Happy!

Infinite Jest

Wit and Humor in Italian Renaissance Art Paul Barolsky. Infinite Jest : Wit and
Humor in Italian Renaissance Art THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LIBRARIES
Infinite Jest Wit and Humor in Italian Renaissance Art Let's.

Author: Paul Barolsky

Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 224

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Elegant Complexity

Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest."--Publisher's website.

Author: Greg Carlisle

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780976146537

Category:

Page: 512

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"Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's masterful Infinite Jest. No other commentary on Infinite Jest recognizes that Wallace clearly divided the book into 28 chapters that are thematically unified. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that orients the reader and that could be used to support a chronological reading of the novel. Other helpful reference materials include a thematic outline, more chronologies, a map of one the novel's settings, lists of characters grouped by association, and an indexed list of references. Elegant Complexity orients the reader at the beginning of each section and keeps commentary separate for those readers who only want orientation. The researcher looking for specific characters or themes is provided a key at the beginning of each commentary. Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest."--Publisher's website.

A Reader s Companion to Infinite Jest

A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest is a guide for readers who have heard about the literary genius of David Foster Wallace's huge and sprawling novel but have been put off by its length and narrative complexity.

Author: William Dowling

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781413484465

Category: Fiction

Page: 317

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A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest is a guide for readers who have heard about the literary genius of David Foster Wallace's huge and sprawling novel but have been put off by its length and narrative complexity. Composed by two distinguished literary scholars, the Companion is designed both for general readers and for college students taking courses on postmodern fiction. Along with an detailed overview of narrative structure, the Companion includes a synopsis of plot, a compendium of major characters, a directory of minor characters and real people, a short dictionary of slang and idioms, and a section listing and explaining Infinite Jest's acronyms.