Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

by Robert K. Bolger, Scott Korb
     
 

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Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be."

Gesturing Toward Reality

Overview

Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be."

Gesturing Toward Reality looks into this quality of Wallace's work—when the writer dons the philosopher's cap—and sees something else. With essays offering a careful perusal of Wallace's extensive and heavily annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's influence on his fiction, and serious explorations into the moral and spiritual landscape where Wallace lived and wrote, this collection offers a perspective on Wallace that even he was not always ready to see. Since so much has been said in specifically literary circles about Wallace's philosophical acumen, it seems natural to have those with an interest in both philosophy and Wallace's writing address how these two areas come together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441162656
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/19/2014
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,296,281
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bolger (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, USA) is the author of Kneeling at the Altar of Science: The Mistaken Path of Contemporary Religious Scientism.

Scott Korb is Professor in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, USA. He is the associate editor of The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (2008), co-author of The Faith Between Us (Bloomsbury, 2007), and author of Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine (2010).

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