Infinite Jest

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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace Summary

'A writer of virtuostic talents who can seemingly do anything' New York Times 'Wallace is a superb comedian of culture . . . his exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight' James Wood, Guardian 'He induces the kind of laughter which, when read in bed with a sleeping partner, wakes said sleeping partner up . . . He's damn good' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'One of the best books about addiction and recovery to appear in recent memory' Sunday Times Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of Infinite Jest, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . .

The Narrative Game: The Reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest as Play

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The Narrative Game: The Reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest as Play by Rainer Holl Summary

In 1996, David Foster Wallace published his second major novel 'Infinite Jest' that changed not only our understanding of what literature can do but, also the way we read literature. Despite its age, the book has not lost a single bit of its fascination, its actuality, and its academic appeal. With its hundreds of characters, thousands of pages, hundreds of endnotes and myriads of different perspectives, sub-plots, and narrative digressions, 'Infinite Jest' was, and still is, an extraordinary challenge for its readers as well as literary critics. One interesting question related to Wallace's work is to what extent readers are able to establish, and defend their own way of approaching literature, their natural reading habits, their personal boundaries, and their ‘readerly authority’ that are challenged by their discourse with the book. The author shows in how far the reader of 'Infinite Jest' has to get involved in this work of play, how it affects the way they read the book, and how the idiosyncratic reading experience finally becomes an integral part of the whole book itself.

L'infinie comédie

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L'infinie comédie by David Foster Wallace Summary

Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Francis Kerline L'Amérique, dans un futur proche. Les U.S.A., le Canada et le Mexique ont formé une fédération surpuissante, et la Société du Spectacle a gagné : les habitants ne vivent plus qu'à travers la télévision, les médicaments, l'ultra-consommation et le culte de l'excellence. Parmi eux, la famille Incandenza, avec les parents James et Avril et leurs trois fils – dont Hal, un tennisman surdoué promis à un brillant avenir. Mais de dangereux séparatistes québécois, en lutte contre la fédération, traquent cette famille singulière pour mettre la main sur une arme redoutable : L'Infinie Comédie, une vidéo réalisée par James Incandenza, qui suscite chez ceux qui la regardent une addiction mortelle... Livre culte dès sa parution aux États-Unis en 1996, ce texte prophétique a fasciné ses lecteurs dans le monde entier. Considéré comme l'un des cent meilleurs romans du XXe siècle, L'Infinie Comédie est enfin publié en France.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Book Analysis)

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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Book Analysis) by Bright Summaries Summary

Unlock the more straightforward side of Infinite Jest with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, a vast, sweeping novel which takes in a tennis academy for gifted young players, a halfway house for recovering addicts and an “entertainment” rumoured to be so compelling that it will kill whoever watches it. The novel’s scope, humour and complexity mean that it is widely recognised as the author’s masterpiece and as one of the greatest novels of recent years. David Foster Wallace was an American writer, and is one of the most influential authors of recent years. Besides Infinite Jest, he is also known for the short story collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and Consider the Lobster. Find out everything you need to know about Infinite Jest in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

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David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest by Stephen J. Burn Summary

Infinite Jest has been hailed as one the great modern American novels and its author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, as one of the most influential and innovative authors of the past 20 years. Don DeLillo called Infinite Jest a "three-stage rocket to the future," a work "equal to the huge, babbling spin-out sweep of contemporary life," while Time Magazine included Infinite Jest on its list of 100 Greatest Novels published between 1923-2006. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide was the first book to be published on the novel and is a key reference for those who wish to explore further. Infinite Jest has become an exemplar for difficulty in contemporary Fiction-its 1,079 pages full of verbal invention, oblique narration, and a scattered, nonlinear, chronology. In this comprehensively revised second edition, Burn maps Wallace's influence on contemporary American fiction, outlines Wallace's poetics, and provides a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas, before surveying Wallace's post-Infinite Jest output, including The Pale King.

Infinite Jest

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Infinite Jest by Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),Constance C. McPhee,Nadine M. Orenstein,Nadine Orenstein Summary

Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012.

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

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David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest by Stephen Burn Summary

This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

Elegant Complexity

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Elegant Complexity by Greg Carlisle Summary

"Elegant Complexity is the first critical work to provide detailed and thorough commentary on each of the 192 sections of David Foster Wallace's masterful Infinite Jest. No other commentary on Infinite Jest recognizes that Wallace clearly divided the book into 28 chapters that are thematically unified. A chronology at the end of the study reorders each section of the novel into a sequential timeline that orients the reader and that could be used to support a chronological reading of the novel. Other helpful reference materials include a thematic outline, more chronologies, a map of one the novel's settings, lists of characters grouped by association, and an indexed list of references. Elegant Complexity orients the reader at the beginning of each section and keeps commentary separate for those readers who only want orientation. The researcher looking for specific characters or themes is provided a key at the beginning of each commentary. Carlisle explains the novel's complex plot threads (and discrepancies) with expert insight and clear commentary. The book is 99% spoiler-free for first-time readers of Infinite Jest."--Publisher's website.

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Infinite Jest by Paul Barolsky Summary

Download or read Infinite Jest book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. There are multiple format available for you to choose (Pdf, ePub, Doc).

The Reading of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" as Play

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The Reading of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" as Play by Rainer Holl Summary

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, TU Dortmund (Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik), language: English, abstract: In 1996, David Foster Wallace published his second major novel 'Infinite Jest' that changed not only our understanding of what literature can do but also the way we read literature. With its hundreds of characters, thousands of pages, hundreds of endnotes and myriads of different perspectives, sub-plots and narrative digressions, Infinite Jest was and still is a extraordinary challenge for its readers. An interesting question related to Wallaces work is to what extent readers are able to establish and defend their own rules and boundaries that are challenged by their discourse with the book. The whole reading process can thus be seen as a work of play that is established between the poles of 'infinity' and 'jest'. This opens up a new narratological dimension which has an immediate impact on the autonomy of the reader. I want to find out in how far the readers of 'Infinite Jest' have to get involved in this work of play, how it affects the way they read the book and how the idiosyncratic reading experience finally becomes an integral part of the whole book itself.

A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest

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A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest by William Dowling,Robert Bell Summary

A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest is a guide for readers who have heard about the literary genius of David Foster Wallace's huge and sprawling novel but have been put off by its length and narrative complexity. Composed by two distinguished literary scholars, the Companion is designed both for general readers and for college students taking courses on postmodern fiction. Along with an detailed overview of narrative structure, the Companion includes a synopsis of plot, a compendium of major characters, a directory of minor characters and real people, a short dictionary of slang and idioms, and a section listing and explaining Infinite Jest's acronyms.

Unendlicher Spaß

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Unendlicher Spaß by David Foster Wallace Summary

Der Kultroman als eBook! »Unendlicher Spaß vereint literarische Innovation und Lesbarkeit auf eigene, unerhörte, markerschütternde Weise.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung »Unendlicher Spa߫ – so nannte James Incandenza seinen Film, der Menschen, die ihn anschauen, so verhext, dass sie sich nicht mehr von ihm lösen können und dabei verdursten und verhungern. Sein Sohn Hal, ein Tenniswunderkind mit außergewöhnlichen intellektuellen Fähigkeiten, studiert an der Enfield Tennis Academy (ETA), die von seinem Vater gegründet wurde. Hier sowie im nahe gelegenen Ennet-House, einem Entziehungsheim für Drogenabhängige, spielt ein Teil der überbordenden Handlung, die jeden literarischen Kosmos sprengt – in einem leicht in die Zukunft versetzten Amerika, das mit Kanada und Mexiko die »Organisation der nordamerikanischen Nationen« bildet und von radikalen Separatisten in Kanada bekämpft wird. 1996 erschien »Infinite Jest« in den USA und machte David Foster Wallace über Nacht zum Superstar der Literaturszene. Nicht allein der schiere Umfang, sondern vor allem die sprachliche Kreativität, die ungeheure Themenvielfalt, die treffsichere Gesellschaftskritik, scharfe Analyse sowie der Humor machen den Roman zum Meilenstein der amerikanischen Literatur. Namhafte Autoren von Dave Eggers bis Jonathan Franzen sehen in diesem Buch ein Vorbild für ihr Schaffen. Ulrich Blumenbach hat sechs Jahre lang an der Übersetzung gearbeitet, und seine kongeniale Übertragung ins Deutsche wurde mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet.

A Fellow of Infinite Jest

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A Fellow of Infinite Jest by T. B. Smith Summary

Unconventional police rookie Luke Jones is back to work after reluctantly killing a man he knew and liked in order to save the life of a partner he despises. Although labeled a hero by some, he's soon up to his old tricks-doggedly challenging authority in an organization with little tolerance for defiance, irritating peers and superiors alike by quoting Shakespeare at will, and refusing to back down when prudence dictates surrender. His latest challenge: San Diego is reeling from the horror of PSA 182, a Boeing 727 airliner that collided with a private Cessna 172 and crashed into the crowded neighborhood of North Park, killing 144 people. Now disaster lurks in two different parts of the city and Luke has to choose which situation needs his attention first. One choice could cost the life of a friend. The other could get him fired...or killed.

Alas Poor Yorick!...A Fellow Of Infinite Jest!

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Alas Poor Yorick!...A Fellow Of Infinite Jest! by Kings Men Players Summary

This fantastic 127-page notebook is just perfect for all your noting needs. Whether you're scribbling down your most secret inner thoughts or carefully copying out your favourite recipe for dip; recording reflections and reminiscences or setting out your aims and objectives for the coming year. You can keep it hidden by your bed, carry it conveniently in your school-bag or pull it out, with more than a little theatrical flourish, at your next big meeting. You can fill it up with lines from Shakespeare or your own private verses. Iambic pentameter not required! Key Features: 8.5"x 11" - conveniently sized, and just perfect for your school bag, backpack, or desk 125 fully usable white lined pages PLUS a bookplate page for your own name AND with a meaningful quotation on the reverse side Printed on high-quality paper throughout Glossy cover bearing a quote from Hamlet and an image of Yorick's skull Perfect for use as a journal, notebook, diary or...well, you choose