© 2013

A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies

  • Editors
  • Marshall Boswell
  • Stephen J. Burn

Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)

About this book


Criticism of the work of David Foster Wallace has tended to be atomistic, focusing on a single aspect of individual works. A Companion to the Work of David Foster Wa ll ace is designed as a professional study of all of Wallace's creative work. This volume includes both thematic essays and focused examinations of each of his major works of fiction.


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About the authors

Kasia Boddy, Cambridge University, UK David H. Evans, Dalhousie University, USA Claire Hayes Brady, Trinity College Dublin, UK Andrew Hoberek, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA Mary Holland, SUNY New Paltz, USA Brian McHale, Ohio State University, USA Roberto Natalini, Università di Roma, Italy Patrick O'Donnell, Michigan State University, USA Paul Quinn, freelance writer

Bibliographic information


"A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies' academic rigour is a welcome contribution to the study of this most influential of contemporary U.S. writers." - 49th Parallel

"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