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Consider David Foster Wallace

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From Tristram Shandy to Fredric Jameson, Consider David Foster Wallace blazes a trail into the new territory of David Foster Wallace studies. Greg Carlisle, author of the landmark Wallace study Elegant Complexity, provides an introduction that sets the scene and speculates on the future of Wallace studies. Editor David Hering provides a provocative look at the triangular s ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Sideshow Media Group (first published August 30th 2010)
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David
This volume of 17 essays on the work of David Foster Wallace synthesizes the proceedings of the "first ever conference devoted to the work of DFW", a 2-day workshop held on July 29-30, 2009 at the University of Liverpool in England. My first reaction was "God help us all! Now that the academicians have entered the field, they will suck all life out of his body of work and bicker querulously in the ashes".

It's not quite as bad as all that. Some of the essays in the book are definitely egregious
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Brian
Nov 25, 2012 Brian rated it liked it
Some interesting stuff in here, and it's always cool to see academics engaging with something that you personally love, but the vast majority of these essays are too short and too slavishly devoted to Wallace's own critical framework.

And that's to say nothing about the piss-poor editing job. Myriad typos, sentences that shouldn't have made it past first drafts (actual sentence, on the first page: "It is an unhappy but true fact that when a writer dies, the fact of the end effectively seals their
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Steve
May 07, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok
While a few of these essays are interesting (Kelly, Jenner), most are pretty bland. And they're all too short to really dig into their subjects. Yet the biggest flaw is that these scholars seem intent on (& content with) interpreting DFW's writings in terms of his own utterances & theorizing--without even exploring the contradictions or even the inward-spiraling navel-gazing these can produce (which to me would be a fascinating: looking at DFW's demands for sincerity and intent as expres ...more
A.K.
Nov 22, 2010 A.K. rated it liked it
Got this in the mail for my birthday. Right on. Whipping up prolix reviews- really I promise- of both this and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy, which I bought for myself for my birthday. DFW and BtVS being the two reigning cultural obsessions in my life.
Yeti
Jan 06, 2013 Yeti rated it really liked it
Lots of really good, brief essays on a range of DFW's work, both his fiction and non-. Bothersome, however, is the abundance of grammatical/typographical errors, especially considering the essays' subject. Anyway, some thought-provoking ideas and insights that I'd recommend to anyone familiar with Wallace's oeuvre.
Zoltan Rodrigues
Feb 11, 2011 Zoltan Rodrigues rated it it was amazing
This book is a proceedings from an academic conference about DFW, and so its target audience is not really the common reader. Keep that in mind, esp. David, before you go slagging off the essayists. Really uncool.
John
Mar 04, 2013 John rated it liked it
Only a few of these essays really rocked my world. David Herring's piece on Infinite Jest as a Sierpinksi Gasket was the standout.
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