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The Gospel according to David Foster Wallace : boredom and addiction in an age of distraction

Author: Adam S Miller
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Series: New directions in religion and literature.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace is the first book to explore key religious themes -- from boredom to addiction, and distraction -- in the work of one of America's most celebrated contemporary novelists. In a series of short, topic-focussed chapters, the book joins a selection of key scenes from Wallace's novels Infinite Jest and The Pale King with clear explanations of how they contribute to his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: David Foster Wallace; David Foster Wallace; David Foster Wallace
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adam S Miller
ISBN: 9781474237000 1474237002
OCLC Number: 927168918
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: 1. Introduction2. Schemas3. Maps4. Contortions5. Taxes6. Addiction7. Desire8. Despair9. Distraction10. Watching11. Assassins12. Irony13. Masks14. Beauty15. Time16. Deskwork17. Sewage18. Size19. Silence20. Immersion21. Indifference22. Boredom23. Revelations24. Heroes25. Awareness26. Abiding27. Bodies28. Prayer29. Cliches30. EpiphanyBibliographyIndex
Series Title: New directions in religion and literature.
Responsibility: Adam S. Miller.

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"The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace is the first book to explore key religious themes -- from boredom to addiction, and distraction -- in the work of one of America's most celebrated contemporary novelists. In a series of short, topic-focussed chapters, the book joins a selection of key scenes from Wallace's novels Infinite Jest and The Pale King with clear explanations of how they contribute to his overall account of what it means to be a human being in the 21st century. Adam Miller explores how Wallace's work masterfully investigates the nature of first-world boredom and shows, in the process, how easy it is to get addicted to distraction (chemical, electronic, or otherwise). Implicitly critiquing, excising, and repurposing elements of AA's Twelve Step program, Wallace suggests that the practice of prayer (regardless of belief in God), the patient application of attention to things that seem ordinary and boring, and the internalization of clichš may be the antidote to much of what ails us in the 21st century."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Miller's Gospel is thorough ... [He presents] a close reading of the texts in light of his consistent thesis. * Review 31 * Adam S. Miller looks at some of the favored themes - despair, distraction, Read more...

 
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