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boundary 2 (1 August 2012) 39 (3): 125–149.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Bradley J. Fest This essay historically situates David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest as a transitional text between the first and second nuclear ages. Written in the immediate wake of the Cold War, Infinite Jest complexly develops the nuclear trope’s fabulously textual persistence despite the...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2014) 41 (3): 27–54.
Published: 01 August 2014
..., especially Infinite Jest (1996), whose profoundly confusing structure has been generously received as entirely intentional, an ingenious puzzle, whose gaps in coher- ence it is the reader’s responsibility to fill in on his or her own, or with the help of a reader’s guide, or indeed any number of...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2013) 40 (3): 59–86.
Published: 01 August 2013
...-future­ world of Infinite Jest, though its citizens celebrate Interdependence Day rather than Independence Day, the Organization of North American Nations (ONAN) is usually—rightly—­ understood more as an enlarged version of the United States circa 1996 than as anything else. Despite ONAN’s...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2009) 36 (2): 11–30.
Published: 01 May 2009
..., William Gaddis’s JR, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central help draw a circle around a particular form of the novel, if not quite a genre. Qualification for membership in this form seems to help a novel’s odds to win the National Book Award and to receive...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2012) 39 (3): 97–124.
Published: 01 August 2012
... Michael Pietsch (who also edited Wallace’s Infinite Jest) authored the note, in which he explains his assembly of the novel (a labor documented elsewhere in literary blogs as well as the New York Times).7 The note’s authenticity is beyond dispute, as are Pietsch’s sincerity and proof of...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2014) 41 (3): 159–178.
Published: 01 August 2014
... 13, 2011, the South China Morning Post found irony in Dylan protesting too much his own social innocence, caused by not having protested enough at his concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, and jested in an editorial, “Bob Dylan’s Talkin’ Chinese Blues,” “If anyone is more inscrutable and unlikely...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2015) 42 (1): 19–41.
Published: 01 February 2015
... work Spanos has undertaken in reconfiguring the object of literature and literary study. 9. There are, of course, many ironies in such a claim. American novelist John Barth liked to jest about the “death of the novel,” particularly when he was writing a new one. As he put it in his essay “The...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2011) 38 (3): 165–215.
Published: 01 August 2011
... valorizing jest undoes Collier’s slumming viewpoint. Anyone who ever saw Satchmo onstage came away dazzled by his emotional cheer and physical energy. Armstrong’s life and professional career were defined by articulate musical joy and stylistic daring. His onstage goofing stopped short of min- strelsy...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2002) 29 (1): 97–123.
Published: 01 February 2002
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boundary 2 (1 November 2017) 44 (4): 33–55.
Published: 01 November 2017
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boundary 2 (1 May 2009) 36 (2): 67–97.
Published: 01 May 2009
...) as a kind of liter- ary psychographic analysis of the yuppie as a character type. Even David Foster Wallace resembles Ellis in deploying marketing language in Infinite Jest (1996) and his short fiction mainly as a means of critiquing American consumer culture. When in his novella...