David Foster Wallace, loneliness, and the "pretty much nothing" the university teaches
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AbstractThe field of David Foster Wallace Studies has been growing rapidly in recent years. It may only Q3
have emerged as a field as recently as 2010 when Adam Kelly’s article “David Foster Wallace:
The Death of the Author and the Birth of a Discipline,”1 published in the online Irish Journal
of American Studies, gave what he described as “an initial map of the territory of what might
be termed ‘Wallace Studies’.” For Kelly, this refers to the “network of interest in David Foster
Wallace’s oeuvre that ranges through but also well beyond the traditional academic channels.
“Kelly argues that the field had arisen in a far more “democratic vein” to that in which
discourses and genres have evolved around other great writers such as Joyce and Nabokov.
However, given that netizens, “amateur” critics, “skillful and committed nonprofessional
readers,” and Internet sites devoted to Wallace such as The Howling Fantods2 have done the hard
work in creating this vibrant field, it is no surprise that professors and academics now appear to
be taking up the slack and creating their own professional discourse around Wallace, one that
academic publishers are always eager to make less “democratic” than any online sites of enquiry
and public discussion.New academic books on Wallace and philosophy published by Columbia
University Press (Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace) and
Bloomsbury Academic (Gesturing Towards Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy)
respectively in hardback are priced at over 100USD, well beyond the pockets of most sensible
“amateur” critics.Wallace’s archive is also now safely housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the
University of Texas, Austin.
Acceptance Date03/05/2017
All Author(s) ListMichael O'Sullivan
Journal nameLiterature Compass
Volume Number2017
Issue Number1
PublisherWiley: 24 months
Place of PublicationNew York
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsDavid Foster Wallace, education, university, loneliness, literature

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