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The Resource David Foster Wallace's balancing books : fictions of value, Jeffrey Severs

David Foster Wallace's balancing books : fictions of value, Jeffrey Severs

Label
David Foster Wallace's balancing books : fictions of value
Title
David Foster Wallace's balancing books
Title remainder
fictions of value
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Severs
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Jeffrey Severs offers one of the first critical works that examines the entirety of David Foster Wallace's fiction rather than individual novels. Severs focuses his interpretation of Wallace's work on the author's interest in "value" understood in terms of the incalculable (morality) and the calculable (economics). This approach, Severs argues, allows a reading of Wallace that illuminates both the philosophical and moral ambition of his work but also positions him as a writer very much engaged in the political and economic issues of the late twentieth century. Severs reads Wallace as depicting characters struggling to determine the moral authority amid our chaotic culture. In considering the full scope of Wallace's career, Severs details his works' quest for balance in a world of excess and entropy. He adds to the critical portrayal of him as the philosopher-novelist by reading him as not only satirizing the deforming effects of money but examining the machinations of late-capitalism. Fusing readings of metaphysical, existential, and moral themes within the historical context of the last twentieth century, Severs provides new perspectives on Wallace's work and demonstrates the relevance of his fiction to contemporary political, economic, moral, and ethical problems."--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Severs, Jeffrey
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3573.A425635
LC item number
Z864 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wallace, David Foster
  • Wallace, David Foster
Label
David Foster Wallace's balancing books : fictions of value, Jeffrey Severs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: a living transaction: value, ground, and balancing books -- Come to work: capitalist fantasies and the quest for balance in The broom of the system -- New deals: (the) depression and devaluation in the early stories -- Dei gratia: work ethic, grace, and giving in Infinite jest -- Other math: human costs, fractional selves, and neoliberal crisis in Brief interviews with hideous men -- His capital flush: despairing over work and value in Oblivion -- E pluribus unum: ritual, currency, and the embodied values of The pale king -- Conclusion: in line for the cash register with Wallace
Control code
950448512
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 311 pages
Isbn
9780231179447
Lccn
2016019208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026704480
System control number
(OCoLC)950448512
Label
David Foster Wallace's balancing books : fictions of value, Jeffrey Severs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: a living transaction: value, ground, and balancing books -- Come to work: capitalist fantasies and the quest for balance in The broom of the system -- New deals: (the) depression and devaluation in the early stories -- Dei gratia: work ethic, grace, and giving in Infinite jest -- Other math: human costs, fractional selves, and neoliberal crisis in Brief interviews with hideous men -- His capital flush: despairing over work and value in Oblivion -- E pluribus unum: ritual, currency, and the embodied values of The pale king -- Conclusion: in line for the cash register with Wallace
Control code
950448512
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 311 pages
Isbn
9780231179447
Lccn
2016019208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026704480
System control number
(OCoLC)950448512

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