Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace

By David Foster Wallace

In a sprawling, wild, super-hyped magnum opus, David Foster Wallace fulfills the promise of his precocious novel countless Jest bends each rule of fiction, contains a large forged and multilevel narrative, and questions crucial components of yankee tradition - our entertainments, our addictions, our relations, our pleasures, our skills to outline ourselves.

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See my Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996), pp. 192–93. 24. A similar point might be made about a study which considers the relationship between philosophy and narrative in a rather different way, Jonathan Rée’s Philosophical Tales: An Essay on Philosophy and Literature (London: Methuen, 1987). 25. Geoffrey Galt Harpham points out in particular how far Nussbaum and MacIntyre’s Aristoteleanism leads them to see narrative unity as providing the key to self-knowledge and the good.

13. Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), hereafter CIS; pp. 107–8. 14. Rorty, ‘Heidegger, Kundera and Dickens’, in Essays on Heidegger and Others: Philosophical Papers Volume 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. 66–84, p. 74. 19 INTRODUCTION 15. Martha Nussbaum, Love’s Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), hereafter LK; p. 5. 16. Nussbaum, The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), hereafter FG; p.

Mooij, the reversion is rather from ‘aestheticism’ to the kind of moral concern exemplified in Ian Gregor and Brian Nicholas’s The Moral and the Story (1962). J. ), Literature and Ethics (Oslo: University of Oslo, 1992), pp. 99–114. 9. Wayne C. Booth, The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 1988), hereafter CK; p. 25. 10. David Parker, Ethics, Theory and the Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), hereafter ETN; p. 29. 11. Seyla Benhabib, Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (Oxford: Polity, 1992), hereafter SiS; p.

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