Infinite Jest

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 Woods, 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 . . . 'Wallace's exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight, and he has deep things to say about the hollowness of contemporary American pleasure . . . sentences and whole pages are marvels of cosmic concentration . . . Wallace is a superb comedian of culture' James Wood, GUARDIAN
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David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

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.
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David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

A Reader's Guide

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.
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Infinite Jest

Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine

Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),Constance C. McPhee,Nadine Orenstein

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588394298

Category: Caricatures and cartoons

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

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.
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Infinite Jest

Wit and Humor in Italian Renaissance Art

Author: Paul Barolsky

Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Humor

Page: 224

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Elegant Complexity

A Study of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

Author: Greg Carlisle

Publisher: N.A

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.
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Alas Poor Yorick!...A Fellow Of Infinite Jest!

William Shakespeare Quote From Hamlet - College Ruled Composition Notebook Journal For School And University Students

Author: Kings Men Players

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781081826963

Category:

Page: 128

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This fantastic 127-page notebook is just perfect for all your noting needs. Whether you're scribbling down your most secret inner thoughts or carefully copying out your favourite recipe for dip; recording reflections and reminiscences or setting out your aims and objectives for the coming year. You can keep it hidden by your bed, carry it conveniently in your school-bag or pull it out, with more than a little theatrical flourish, at your next big meeting. You can fill it up with lines from Shakespeare or your own private verses. Iambic pentameter not required! Key Features: 8.5"x 11" - conveniently sized, and just perfect for your school bag, backpack, or desk 125 fully usable white lined pages PLUS a bookplate page for your own name AND with a meaningful quotation on the reverse side Printed on high-quality paper throughout Glossy cover bearing a quote from Hamlet and an image of Yorick's skull Perfect for use as a journal, notebook, diary or...well, you choose
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The Novel After Theory

Author: Judith Ryan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231528167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Novels began to incorporate literary theory in unexpected ways in the late twentieth century. Through allusion, parody, or implicit critique, theory formed an additional strand in fiction that raised questions about the nature of authorship and the practice of writing. Studying this phenomenon provides fresh insight into the recent development of the novel and the persistence of modern theory beyond the period of its greatest success. In this book, Judith Ryan opens these questions to a range of readers, drawing them into debates over the value of theory. Ryan investigates what prompted fiction writers to incorporate and respond to theory nearly thirty years ago. Designed for readers unfamiliar with the complexities of theory, Ryan's book introduces the discipline's major trends and controversies and notes the salient ideas of a carefully selected set of individual thinkers. Ryan follows novelists' adaptation to and engagement with arguments drawn from theory as they translate abstract ideas into language, structure, and fictional strategy. At the core of her book is a fascinating microstudy of French poststructuralism in its dialogue with narrative fiction. Investigating theories of textuality, psychology, and society in the work of Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, W. G. Sebald, and Umberto Eco, as well as Monika Maron, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras, Marilynne Robinson, David Foster Wallace, and Christa Wolf, Ryan identifies subtle negotiations between author and theory and the richness this dynamic adds to texts. Resetting the way we think and learn about literature, her book reads current literary theory while uniquely tracing its shaping of a genre.
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