Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 9780748130986
Release 2011-04-14
Pages 1104
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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



Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 9780316073851
Release 2009-04-13
Pages 300
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A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.



Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 0349139059
Release 2013
Pages 1079
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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



David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest Author Stephen J. Burn
ISBN-10 9781441186324
Release 2012-04-19
Pages 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

Infinite Jest Author Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN-10 9781588394293
Release 2011
Pages 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

The Narrative Game  The Reading of David Foster Wallace   s Infinite Jest as Play Author Rainer Holl
ISBN-10 9783954895571
Release 2013-06-01
Pages 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.



Elegant Complexity

Elegant Complexity Author Greg Carlisle
ISBN-10 0976146533
Release 2007
Pages 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.



Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest Author Paul Barolsky
ISBN-10 UOM:39015013268779
Release 1978
Pages 224
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Infinite Jest has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Infinite Jest also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Infinite Jest book for free.



A Fellow of Infinite Jest

A Fellow of Infinite Jest Author Thomas Yoseloff
ISBN-10 1494055449
Release 2013-10
Pages 244
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This is a new release of the original 1945 edition.



Infinite Jest Postmodernism and Irony

Infinite Jest  Postmodernism  and Irony Author Alexander Charles Ruhsenberger
ISBN-10 OCLC:968230935
Release 2016
Pages 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.



Infinite LEGO

Infinite LEGO Author Ryan Blanck
ISBN-10 1943170134
Release 2015-12-03
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It all began on a date night with my wife a couple of years back. We live in a rather boring town, and money was kind of tight, so after a relatively inexpensive dinner at our favorite pizza place we went to browse the aisles of our local Barnes & Noble. We happened upon The Brick Bible by Brendan Smith and loved the concept--the entire Biblical narrative retold in graphic novel form, but with the images being LEGO sculptures. Feeling inspired, we enlisted the help of our daughters to launch our own LEGO Bible blog. We got through the book of Genesis and part way through Exodus before the project sputtered and fell by the wayside. A couple of years later, I was working on my proposal for a paper the first annual David Foster Wallace Conference hosted by Illinois State University, and I gave a second read to the "Original Creative Works" call for submissions. Then a thought came to me."I like David Foster Wallace," I thought."I like LEGOs," I thought."So, why not bring those two together," I thought. I selected some of my favorite scenes from some of my favorite stories, and I began to build. Scenes from "Little Expressionless Animals," "Forever Overhead," and "Good People;" along with scenes from the novels: Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King. Even one taken from "This is Water." I built the sculptures and photographed them and assembled the images into a digital slideshow. Then it was off to Bloomington-Normal for the Conference.At the Conference, I was honored to be selected as a featured panelist for my "Reimagining Wallace" presentation. Then I was shocked to see such a large crowd gathered to view my creations on the very large screen. I did not expect pictures of LEGOs to be such a hit at an academic conference.Inspired by the positive response to my presentation, I went home and continued building.



Desire Drive and the Modern Subject in David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest

Desire  Drive and the Modern Subject in David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest Author Soong Phoon
ISBN-10 OCLC:855806839
Release 2013
Pages 116
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Infnite Jest is both a comic and deeply sad exploration of the multitudinous addictions and excesses that de!ne the modern subject. Set in a dystopian future, the 1079 page-long novel's intertwined, helictical plots revolve around a tennis academy, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility and the farcical machinations of "uébecois terrorists, at the centre of which is the Incandenza family. Infnite Jest humanely engages with the question of what it means to be in the modern world, rather than to simply suffer the world's exigencies. It asks what responsibility we should have for previous generations, and how we might come to terms with the excesses of our own. Finally, it confronts the question of how we should best communicate with each other, and how we should respond if, and when, we discover that a void of exists at the centre of being. Considering the novel in psychoanalytic terms enables us to parse the excesses and addictions the novel portrays and to address the existential questions of being it raises. Psychoanalysis provides a retrospective and retroactive framework within which the excessive character of the drive towards jouissance, and the piece of 'nonbeing' at the subject's core can be understood. The psychoanalytic approach makes a clear intervention in contemporary discourse on the novel, discourse which is primarily concentrated around the text's relation to postmodernity, metafiction and irony. While many critics register, in some way, the ethical concerns of the novel, psychoanalysis accommodates these themes more directly than other approaches because it is, fundamentally, a consideration of the ethical meaning of being and desiring. This thesis explores Infinite Jest in light of Sigmund Freud's, Jacques Lacan's, and Joan Copjec's understanding of subjectivity. It analyses the novel's repetition of the addictive drive towards external objects, the practical mode of being offered by Alcoholics Anonymous, and the problems subjects encounter in trying to understand the human purpose of a void at the heart of existence.



The Reading of David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest as Play

The Reading of David Foster Wallace s  Infinite Jest  as Play Author Rainer Holl
ISBN-10 3656322694
Release 2013-08
Pages 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.



The Eschatological Imagination

The Eschatological Imagination Author John Timothy Jacobs
ISBN-10 OCLC:181810287
Release 2003
Pages 482
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There is an inherent risk in studying contemporary fiction. Serious questions form around issues of an author's longevity and legacy, a work's merit and its endurance for later scholarship, and the varieties of current critical reception and methodology against the shifts to come. The attendant difficulty of assessing and analyzing a work before an industry of critical reception has formed also presents challenges. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (1996) represents these challenges, and much more; it is at once an encyclopedic novel of 1079 pages, full of both liberal arts and scientific erudition, and an encomium to an apocalyptic end of late millennial American culture. The novel is highly allegorical and operates with three crucial subtexts, in addition to the standard diegetic narrative. In this study, I present three different, though not mutually exclusive, interpretations of this novel, a novel that has presented interpretive difficulties to scholars of contemporary fiction. In Part One, I survey and compare Wallace's aesthetic with the radical, yet self-contained, aesthetic of the poet, G.M. Hopkins; Part Two examines the integral concept of mediation and explores the subtext of the return of the dead author & mdash;the novel operates, in part, as a rejoinder to the death-of-the-author critical impasse; Part Three is primarily comparative and analyzes Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Wallace has rewritten (or reimagined) Dostoevsky's novel and translated it into a contemporary context and idiom as a remedy for postmodern American solipsism.



Paradise Now

Paradise Now Author Chris Jennings
ISBN-10 9780812993714
Release 2016-01-12
Pages 512
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For readers of Jill Lepore, Joseph J. Ellis, and Tony Horwitz comes a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the golden age of American utopianism—and the bold, revolutionary, and eccentric visions for the future put forward by five of history’s most influential utopian movements. In the wake of the Enlightenment and the onset of industrialism, a generation of dreamers took it upon themselves to confront the messiness and injustice of a rapidly changing world. To our eyes, the utopian communities that took root in America in the nineteenth century may seem ambitious to the point of delusion, but they attracted members willing to dedicate their lives to creating a new social order and to asking the bold question What should the future look like? In Paradise Now, Chris Jennings tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements, revealing their relevance both to their time and to our own. Here is Mother Ann Lee, the prophet of the Shakers, who grew up in newly industrialized Manchester, England—and would come to build a quiet but fierce religious tradition on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Even as the society she founded spread across the United States, the Welsh industrialist Robert Owen came to the Indiana frontier to build an egalitarian, rationalist utopia he called the New Moral World. A decade later, followers of the French visionary Charles Fourier blanketed America with colonies devoted to inaugurating a new millennium of pleasure and fraternity. Meanwhile, the French radical Étienne Cabet sailed to Texas with hopes of establishing a communist paradise dedicated to ideals that would be echoed in the next century. And in New York’s Oneida Community, a brilliant Vermonter named John Humphrey Noyes set about creating a new society in which the human spirit could finally be perfected in the image of God. Over time, these movements fell apart, and the national mood that had inspired them was drowned out by the dream of westward expansion and the waking nightmare of the Civil War. Their most galvanizing ideas, however, lived on, and their audacity has influenced countless political movements since. Their stories remain an inspiration for everyone who seeks to build a better world, for all who ask, What should the future look like? Praise for Paradise Now “Uncommonly smart and beautifully written . . . a triumph of scholarship and narration: five stand-alone community studies and a coherent, often spellbinding history of the United States during its tumultuous first half-century . . . Although never less than evenhanded, and sometimes deliciously wry, Jennings writes with obvious affection for his subjects. To read Paradise Now is to be dazzled, humbled and occasionally flabbergasted by the amount of energy and talent sacrificed at utopia’s altar.”—The New York Times Book Review “Writing an impartial, respectful account of these philanthropies and follies is no small task, but Mr. Jennings largely pulls it off with insight and aplomb. Indulgently sympathetic to the utopian impulse in general, he tells a good story. His explanations of the various reformist credos are patient, thought-provoking and . . . entertaining.”—The Wall Street Journal “As a tour guide, Jennings is thoughtful, engaging and witty in the right doses. . . . He makes the subject his own with fresh eyes and a crisp narrative, rich with detail. . . . In the end, Jennings writes, the communards’ disregard for the world as it exists sealed their fate. But in revisiting their stories, he makes a compelling case that our present-day ‘deficit of imagination’ could be similarly fated.”—San Francisco Chronicle From the Hardcover edition.



Joseph Broadhead the late original waterman A fellow of infinite jest

Joseph Broadhead  the late original waterman     A fellow of infinite jest    Author Joseph BROADHEAD
ISBN-10 BL:A0019850395
Release 1853
Pages 24
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Joseph Broadhead the late original waterman A fellow of infinite jest has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Joseph Broadhead the late original waterman A fellow of infinite jest also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Joseph Broadhead the late original waterman A fellow of infinite jest book for free.



Into the Womb of Infinite Jest

Into the Womb of Infinite Jest Author Danielle S. Ely
ISBN-10 OCLC:825770521
Release 2011
Pages 98
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Into the Womb of Infinite Jest has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Into the Womb of Infinite Jest also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Into the Womb of Infinite Jest book for free.