Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Philip Coleman
April 2015 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-513-5
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to David Foster Wallace and the critical discussions surrounding his works.

This collection of essays contributes to a global discussion concerning the value and meaning of David Foster Wallace’s work, providing fresh readings and insights on texts that have already received considerable critical attention but also advancing new ways of understanding one of the most important American writers of the late twentieth century. Containing essays by established and emerging voices, Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace makes several new and exciting contributions to the field of Wallace Studies.

Since his tragic death in 2008, David Foster Wallace’s work has been the subject of an almost overwhelming array of critical analyses, from many different perspectives, and it continues to inspire and provoke new responses. The publication of posthumous works, such as The Pale King (2011), and Both Flesh and Not: Essays (2012), together with new re-arrangements of earlier work means that the field of Wallace studies is one in which the corpus of primary materials cannot yet be said to be complete. While it is unlikely that a previously unpublished novel remains to be discovered in the Wallace archive, the intense scholarly interest in the author’s manuscripts and papers, together with the work being done on a daily basis by scholars from around the world, means that the critical conversation about Wallace’s work is, in a very real sense, in a constant state of process and re-negotiation. The essays in this title extend the critical conversation about the nature and value of David Foster Wallace’s work in several key respects.

In addition to a short biographical essay, a chronology of the author’s life and work, and a detailed bibliography, the volume contains essays on all aspects of Wallace’s œuvre, by Jorge Araya, Kiki Benzon, Ron Callan, Philip Coleman, David Couglan, Tim Groenland, Steven Gronert Ellerhoff, Clare Hayes-Brady, David Hering, Adam Kelly, Áine Mahon, Ira Nadel, Charles Nixon, Aisling O’Gara, Alex Resar, Mark Sheridan and Aengus Woods.

Each essay in Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume’s appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources including a chronology of Wallace’s life, a complete list of works by David Foster Wallace, an annotated bibliography for readers seeking to study more about the author in greater depth, and a subject index.

The Critical Insights Series distills the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature. Edited and written by some of academia’s most distinguished literary scholars, Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace provides authoritative, in-depth scholarship that students and researchers will rely on for years. This volume is destined to become a valuable purchase for all.