Infinite Jest

Author: David Wallace Foster
Publisher: Little Brown
Orginal Publishing Date: 1996

Description: A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.


Links to Articles: 

Freudenthal, Elizabeth. "Anti-interiority: Compulsiveness, objectification, and identity in Infinite Jest." New literary history 41.1 (2010): 191-211.

Wallace, Byron C. "Multiple narrative disentanglement: Unraveling infinite jest.Proceedings of the 2012 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies. Association for Computational Linguistics, 2012.

Citation: Wallace, David Foster. Infinite jest. Hachette UK, 2011.

ISBN 0-316-92004-5

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