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- DescriptionDavid Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest is one of the most ambitious American vels of the last decade. Its huge scope, its immense array of characters, and Wallace's artful mastery of language make it a complex and sometimes difficult text that has frequently been compared with other works of magnitude such as Ulysses and Gravity's Rainbow. This book aims to provide the reader of Wallace's vel with one (of many) possible thread(s) which might lead him through the textual labyrinth of Infinite Jest. It is concerned with the issues of narcissism, addiction, depression, and despair and interprets the vel within an Existentialist framework drawn from the philosophical works of Jean-Paul Sartre and Soren Kierkegaard. Hirt analyzes Wallace's portrayal of contemporary existence inside a society that, paradoxically, entraps the individual self exactly by exposing it to an unprecedented state of freedom. Furthermore, Hirt discusses the counter-proposals which Wallace weighs against postmodern culture. Infinite Jest is thus set in relation to postmodern literature, and the similarities as well as the differences between this literary period and Infinite Jest are illuminated.
- Author BiographyStefan Hirt studied American Literature, Rhetorics, and History at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, where he is currently working on a project about American cultural icons.
- Author(s)Stefan Hirt
- Publisheribidem-Verlag, Jessica Haunschild u Christian Schon
- Date of Publication01/02/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationStuttgart
- Country of PublicationGermany
- Imprintibidem-Verlag, Jessica Haunschild u Christian Schon
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight1000 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine15 mm
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