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David Foster Wallace's "Gfhrytytu" The Opening of Another Ethics

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Description: When David Foster Wallace died in 2008, he left behind a legacy as perhaps his generation's most talented and influential author, one whose primary artistic ambition was to supplant postmodernism's dark irony and metatextual cleverness with a new style more attuned to the psychologies of millennial Americans. In the view of many critics and readers, Wallace succeeded in accomplishing this objective; however, the question for Wallace scholars remains: how did he do it? What, exactly, are the characteristics of his "new style"? The most fundamental characteristic of Wallace's style, this Thesis posits, consists of an "other-directed" narrative ethics that foregrounds a socially engaged, morally passionate fiction presupposing a trusting and reciprocal relationship between author and reader. To elaborate on this claim, I will focus on three dimensions of this Wallacean ethics: the artwork as gift; the author and reader as lovers; and the association between sincere writing and sincere, other-directed, living.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work