Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest
Author : David Foster Wallace
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 1104
Release : 2011-04-14
ISBN 10 : 9780748130986
ISBN 13 : 0748130985
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infinite Jest Book Description:

'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 . . .

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

The Narrative Game  The Reading of David Foster Wallace   s Infinite Jest as Play
Author : Rainer Holl
Publisher : Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)
Total Pages : 47
Release : 2013-06-01
ISBN 10 : 9783954895571
ISBN 13 : 3954895579
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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

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.

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest
Author : Stephen J. Burn
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages : 144
Release : 2012-04-19
ISBN 10 : 9781441186324
ISBN 13 : 1441186328
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest Book Description:

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

Infinite Jest
Author : Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
Total Pages : 216
Release : 2011
ISBN 10 : 9781588394293
ISBN 13 : 1588394298
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infinite Jest Book Description:

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

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest
Author : Stephen Burn
Publisher : A&C Black
Total Pages : 96
Release : 2003-05-20
ISBN 10 : 082641477X
ISBN 13 : 9780826414779
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest Book Description:

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

Infinite Jest
Author : Paul Barolsky
Publisher : Columbia : University of Missouri Press
Total Pages : 224
Release : 1978
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015013268779
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infinite Jest Book Description:

A Fellow of Infinite Jest

A Fellow of Infinite Jest
Author : Thomas Yoseloff
Publisher :
Total Pages : 244
Release : 2013-10
ISBN 10 : 1258829126
ISBN 13 : 9781258829124
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Fellow of Infinite Jest Book Description:

This is a new release of the original 1945 edition.

Infinite Jest Postmodernism and Irony

Infinite Jest  Postmodernism  and Irony
Author : Alexander Charles Ruhsenberger
Publisher :
Total Pages : 49
Release : 2016
ISBN 10 : OCLC:968230935
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infinite Jest Postmodernism and Irony Book Description:

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.

A Reader s Companion to Infinite Jest

A Reader s Companion to Infinite Jest
Author : William Dowling
Publisher :
Total Pages : 317
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : 1413484468
ISBN 13 : 9781413484465
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Reader s Companion to Infinite Jest Book Description:

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.