Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace

Burn, S. J. and Holland, M. K. (Eds.) (2019) Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace. Modern Languages Association: New York. ISBN 9781603294645

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David Foster Wallace’s works engaged with his literary moment—roughly summarized as postmodernism—and with the author’s historical context. From the famous complexity of novels such as Infinite Jest to the direct critique of American culture in his essays, his 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 editions of Wallace’s works and critical responses to them. 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.

Item Type:Edited Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burn, Professor Stephen
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PS American literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Modern Languages Association
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