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The eschatological imagination : mediating David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

著者: John Timothy Jacobs; John Ferns
出版: ©2003.
論文: Thesis (Ph. D.)--McMaster University, 2003.
エディション/フォーマット:   学位論文/卒業論文 : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   アーカイブ資料 : Englishすべてのエディションとフォーマットを見る
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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.  続きを読む
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関連の人物: David Foster Wallace; David Foster Wallace; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Fyodor Dostoyevsky
資料の種類: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, インターネット資料
ドキュメントの種類: 図書, アーカイブ資料, インターネットリソース
すべての著者/寄与者: John Timothy Jacobs; John Ferns
OCLC No.: 181810287
注記: Advisor: John Ferns.
物理形態: vii, 241 leaves ; 28 cm
責任者: by John Timothy Jacobs.
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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 <italic>Infinite Jest</italic> (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 <italic>The Brothers Karamazov</italic> (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.

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