"A major collection on the work of David Foster Wallace, with essential contributions on his place in American literary history. Boswell and Burn present a stellar line-up of Wallace specialists, some of whom finally tackle issues such as gender and the importance of the Midwest." - Luc Herman, Professor of Literature, University of Antwerp, Belgium"Incisive and wide-ranging, this volume assembles some of the best critics at work today for a fascinating analysis of David Foster Wallace's writing. Alternating between fresh readings of individual texts and provocative meditations on the subjects that so occupied Wallace himself, these essays testify to Wallace's brilliance and profound influence on contemporary literature. Burn and Boswell have assembled a collection essential for anyone - from the beginning student to the serious scholar - who wants to understand more about Wallace's remarkable literary achievement." - Timothy Melley, Professor of English and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center, USA and author of The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State
About the Author
Marshall Boswell is Professor and Chair of the department of English at Rhodes College, USA. He is the author of Understanding David Foster Wallace, John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy: Mastered Irony in Motion, Trouble with Girls, a short story collection, and Alternative Atlanta, a novel. He served as a guest editor for a two-part special issue of Studies in the Novel devoted to Wallace's work as a novelist.
Stephen J. Burn is Associate Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, USA. He is the author of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide and Jonathan Franzen at the End of Postmodernism, the editor of Conversations with David Foster Wallace, and the co-editor of Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers. He is currently editing a volume of David Foster Wallace's letters