Consider the Lobster

Consider the Lobster
Author: David Foster Wallace
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2005-12-01
ISBN: 0759514925
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Consider the Lobster Book Excerpt:

This celebrated collection of essays from the author of Infinite Jest is "brilliantly entertaining...Consider the Lobster proves once more why Wallace should be regarded as this generation's best comic writer" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain's 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters. "Wallace can do sad, funny, silly, heartbreaking, and absurd with equal ease; he can even do them all at once." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Consider the Lobster

Consider the Lobster
Author: David Foster Wallace
Publsiher: Back Bay Books
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2007-07-02
ISBN: 9780316013321
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Consider the Lobster Book Excerpt:

A collection of essays by the award-winning author of Infinite Jest shares whimsical and biting observations about such topics as the Bush-Kerry presidential race, the pain experienced by lobsters while they are being prepared for the feast, and Franz Kafka's questionable sense of humor. Reprint.

David Foster Wallace s Toxic Sexuality

David Foster Wallace s Toxic Sexuality
Author: Edward Jackson
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-06-11
ISBN: 1350117781
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

David Foster Wallace s Toxic Sexuality Book Excerpt:

David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality: Hideousness, Neoliberalism, Spermatics is the first full-length study of perhaps the most controversial aspect of Wallace's work – male sexuality. Departing from biographical accounts of Wallace's troubled relationship to sex, the book offers new and engaging close readings of this vexed topic in both his fiction and non-fiction. Wallace consistently returns to images of sexual toxicity across his career to argue that, when it comes to sex, men are immutably hideous. He makes this argument by drawing on a variety of neoliberal logics and spermatic metaphors, which in their appeal to apparently neutral economic processes and natural bodily facts, forestall the possibility that men can change. The book therefore provides a revisionist account of Wallace's attitudes towards capitalism, as well as a critical dissection of his approach to masculinity and sexuality. In doing so, David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality shows how Wallace can be considered a neoliberal writer, whose commitment to furthering male sexual toxicity is a disturbing but undeniable part of his literary project.

Contemporary Fictions of Attention

Contemporary Fictions of Attention
Author: Alice Bennett
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-08-09
ISBN: 1474282636
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Fictions of Attention Book Excerpt:

With the supposed shortening of our attention spans, what future is there for fiction in the age of the internet? Contemporary Fictions of Attention rejects this discourse of distraction-crisis which suggests that the future of reading is in peril, and instead finds that contemporary writers construct 'fictions of attention' that find some value in states or moments of inattention. Through discussion of work by a diverse selection of writers, including Joshua Cohen, Ben Lerner, Tom McCarthy, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, and David Foster Wallace, this book identifies how fiction prompts readers to become peripherally aware of their own attention. Contemporary Fictions of Attention locates a common interest in attention within 21st-century fiction and connects this interest to a series of debates surrounding ethics, temporality, the everyday, boredom, work, and self-discipline in contemporary culture.

The Iron Bars of Freedom

The Iron Bars of Freedom
Author: Stefan Hirt
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2008-03-11
ISBN: 3838259548
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Iron Bars of Freedom Book Excerpt:

David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" is one of the most ambitious American novels 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 novel 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 novel within an Existentialist framework drawn from the philosophical works of Jean-Paul Sartre and Søren 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.

Diaphanous Bodies

Diaphanous Bodies
Author: Jeremy Colangelo
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2021-11-09
ISBN: 0472132792
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Diaphanous Bodies Book Excerpt:

Analyzing the invisible abled body through the work of Joyce, Beckett, Egerton, and Bowen

Gesturing Toward Reality David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

Gesturing Toward Reality  David Foster Wallace and Philosophy
Author: Robert K. Bolger,Scott Korb
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-06-19
ISBN: 1441164081
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gesturing Toward Reality David Foster Wallace and Philosophy Book Excerpt:

Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be." Gesturing Toward Reality looks into this quality of Wallace's work-when the writer dons the philosopher's cap-and sees something else. With essays offering a careful perusal of Wallace's extensive and heavily annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's influence on his fiction, and serious explorations into the moral and spiritual landscape where Wallace lived and wrote, this collection offers a perspective on Wallace that even he was not always ready to see. Since so much has been said in specifically literary circles about Wallace's philosophical acumen, it seems natural to have those with an interest in both philosophy and Wallace's writing address how these two areas come together.

Art rendez vous Architecture Episode 6

Art rendez vous Architecture    Episode 6
Author: Alexander Pilis
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 84
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1794872442
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Art rendez vous Architecture Episode 6 Book Excerpt:

Musical Stimulacra

Musical Stimulacra
Author: Ivan Delazari
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2020-12-29
ISBN: 1000327809
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Stimulacra Book Excerpt:

The title coinage of this book, stimulacra, refers to the fundamental capacity of literary narrative to stimulate our minds and senses by simulating things through words. Musical stimulacra are passages of fiction that readers are empowered to transpose into mental simulations of music. The book theorizes how fiction can generate musical experience, explains what constitutes that experience, and explores the musical dimensions of three American novels: William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central (2005), William H. Gass’s Middle C (2013), and Richard Powers’s Orfeo (2014). Musical Stimulacra approaches fiction’s music from a readerly perspective. Instead of looking at how novels forever fail to compensate for music’s physical, structural, and affective properties, the book concentrates on what literary narrative can do musically. Negotiating common grounds for cognitive audionarratology and intermediality studies, Musical Stimulacra builds its case on the assumption that, among other things, fiction urges us to listen—to musical words and worlds.

The Nature Essay

The Nature Essay
Author: Simone Schröder
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2019-01-04
ISBN: 900438927X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nature Essay Book Excerpt:

In The Nature Essay: Ecocritical Explorations Simone Schröder offers the first extended account of the nature essay. Her ecocritical readings of essays engage with the genre's central epistemological and poetic paradigms, revealing its unique capacity to serve as a platform for environmental discourse.

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction
Author: Lex Williford,Michael Martone
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2007-12-11
ISBN: 9781416545118
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction Book Excerpt:

From memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more. Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970. Contributers include: Jo Ann Beard, Wendell Berry, Eula Biss, Mary Clearman Blew, Charles Bowden, Janet Burroway, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Michael W. Cox, Annie Dillard, Mark Doty, Brian Doyle, Tony Earley, Anthony Farrington, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Diane Glancy, Lucy Grealy, William Harrison, Robin Hemley, Adam Hochschild, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver , Ted Kooser, Sara Levine, E.J. Levy, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Thomas Lynch, Lee Martin, Rebecca McCLanahan, Erin McGraw, John McPhee, Brenda Miller, Dinty W. Moore, Kathleen Norris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lia Purpura, Richard Rhodes, Bill Roorbach, David Sedaris, Richard Selzer, Sue William Silverman, Floyd Skloot, Lauren Slater, Cheryl Strayed, Amy Tan, Ryan Van Meter, David Foster Wallace, and Joy Williams.

Existentialist Engagement in Wallace Eggers and Foer

Existentialist Engagement in Wallace  Eggers and Foer
Author: Allard den Dulk
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-12-18
ISBN: 1628923334
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Existentialist Engagement in Wallace Eggers and Foer Book Excerpt:

The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American literature. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Den Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus.

The Curious Habits of Man

The Curious Habits of Man
Author: Brian Kenneth Swain
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2013-07-25
ISBN: 1475996640
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Curious Habits of Man Book Excerpt:

What is the one true secret to weight loss? What is the correct way to make a grilled cheese sandwich? Is the designated hitter rule the salvation of baseball or its undoing? Is it rational to be an optimist? And—the question that haunts us all— should toilet paper unwind over the top of the roll or from underneath? In his first collection of essays, author Brian Kenneth Swain tackles hundreds of life’s questions while exploring a vast array of subjects—from tubas to two year-olds, from field goals to child labor laws, and from high school shop class to the worst round of golf ever played. With an acerbic wit and an honest approach, Swain shares his perspective on such pivotal matters as how to ski without losing a limb or your self-esteem, how to correctly prepare and consume lobster according to Maine standards, and whether marketing ploys hypnotically convince consumers to replace perfectly functioning items without a second thought. Swain encourages a kind of tongue-in-cheek thinking that prompts us to take a second look at the world around us. The Curious Habits of Man shares an amusing glimpse at life as one man contemplates many of our greatest—and smallest—questions.

An Ethics Beyond

An Ethics Beyond
Author: Kevin Richard Kaiser
Publsiher: Universitat de València
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2019-07-22
ISBN: 8491344616
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Ethics Beyond Book Excerpt:

This study examines the fiction of contemporary American author George Saunders in terms of how it presents situations applicable to the chief notions of posthumanist ethics and how these conceptions concern nonhuman animals, which are prevalent in his writing. Posthumanist ethics can help us understand what is at play in Saunders’s fiction. Meanwhile, his texts can help us understand what is at stake in posthumanist ethics. This interdisciplinary project may be beneficial both to conceiving new notions of ethics that are more inclusive and, more implicitly, to understanding the relevance of Saunders’s fiction to the current American sociocultural climate.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace
Author: Stephen J. Burn,Mary K. Holland
Publsiher: Modern Language Association
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2019-08-01
ISBN: 1603293922
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace Book Excerpt:

David Foster Wallace’s works engage with his literary moment--roughly summarized as postmodernism--and with the author’s historical context. From his famously complex fiction to essays critical of American culture, Wallace’s works have at their core essential human concerns such as self-understanding, connecting with others, ethical behavior, and finding meaning. The essays in this volume suggest ways to elucidate Wallace’s philosophical and literary preoccupations for today’s students, who continue to contend with urgent issues, both personal and political, through reading literature. Part 1, “Materials,†offers guidance on biographical, contextual, and archival sources and critical responses to Wallace’s writing. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†discuss teaching key works and genres in high school settings, first-year undergraduate writing classes, American literature surveys, seminars on Wallace, and world literature courses. They examine Wallace’s social and philosophical contexts and contributions, treating topics such as gender, literary ethics, and the culture of writing programs.

The Global Remapping of American Literature

The Global Remapping of American Literature
Author: Paul Giles
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2018-06-12
ISBN: 0691180784
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Global Remapping of American Literature Book Excerpt:

This book charts how the cartographies of American literature as an institutional category have varied radically across different times and places. Arguing that American literature was consolidated as a distinctively nationalist entity only in the wake of the U.S. Civil War, Paul Giles identifies this formation as extending until the beginning of the Reagan presidency in 1981. He contrasts this with the more amorphous boundaries of American culture in the eighteenth century, and with ways in which conditions of globalization at the turn of the twenty-first century have reconfigured the parameters of the subject. In light of these fluctuating conceptions of space, Giles suggests new ways of understanding the shifting territory of American literary history. ranging from Cotton Mather to David Foster Wallace, and from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Zora Neale Hurston. Giles considers why European medievalism and Native American prehistory were crucial to classic nineteenth-century authors such as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville. He discusses how twentieth-century technological innovations, such as air travel, affected representations of the national domain in the texts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. And he analyzes how regional projections of the South and the Pacific Northwest helped to shape the work of writers such as William Gilmore Simms, José Martí, Elizabeth Bishop, and William Gibson. Bringing together literary analysis, political history, and cultural geography, The Global Remapping of American Literature reorients the subject for the transnational era.

Counterfeit Culture

Counterfeit Culture
Author: Rob Turner
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 235
Release: 2019-06-20
ISBN: 1108428487
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Counterfeit Culture Book Excerpt:

Explores the possibility of writing epic in an age of alternative facts.

The Planetary Clock

The Planetary Clock
Author: Paul Giles
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 435
Release: 2021-02-23
ISBN: 0198857721
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Planetary Clock Book Excerpt:

Ranging over various aesthetic forms (literature, film, music) in the period since 1960, this volume brings an antipodean perspective into conversation with the art and culture of the Northern Hemisphere, to reformulate postmodernism as a properly global phenomenon.

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace
Author: Ralph Clare
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-08-31
ISBN: 1108602576
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace Book Excerpt:

Best known for his masterpiece Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace re-invented fiction and non-fiction for a generation with his groundbreaking and original work. Wallace's desire to blend formal innovation and self-reflexivity with the communicative and restorative function of literature resulted in works that appeal as much to a reader's intellect as they do emotion. As such, few writers in recent memory have quite matched his work's intense critical and popular impact. The essays in this Companion, written by top Wallace scholars, offer a historical and cultural context for grasping Wallace's significance, provide rigorous individual readings of each of his major works, whether story collections, non-fiction, or novels, and address the key themes and concerns of these works, including aesthetics, politics, religion and spirituality, race, and post-humanism. This wide-ranging volume is a necessary resource for understanding an author now widely regarded as one of the most influential and important of his time.

Protest Kitchen

Protest Kitchen
Author: Carol J. Adams,Virginia Messina
Publsiher: Conari Press
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2018-10-01
ISBN: 1633411109
Category: Cooking
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Protest Kitchen Book Excerpt:

2018 Foreword Book of the Year Awards Bronze Winner Protest Kitchen is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time. Our food choices have much more of an impact than most people imagine. They not only affect our personal health and the environment, but are also tied to issues of justice, misogyny, national security, and human rights. Protest Kitchen is the first book to explore the ways in which a more plant-based diet challenges regressive politics and fuels the resistance. A provocative and practical resource for hope and healing, Protest Kitchen, features over 50 vegan recipes (with alternatives for "aspiring vegans") along with practical daily actions such as: Substitute cow's milk in your coffee and cereal for any of a variety of delicious non-dairy milks. This will help lower the release of methane gas that contributes to global warming Use a smartphone app when buying chocolate to avoid supporting African farmers who use child-labor, even child slavery, to supply cacao beans to the food industry Make your own cleaning supplies and wood polish; it's frugal and avoids reliance on products that may be tested on animals