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"Then Out of the Rubble": David Foster Wallace's Early Fiction

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mostly about Westward and Broom. mentions Wittgenstein, solipsism, the threat of irony. not sure how to summarize it succinctly but it was kind of interesting

J. Fest, B. (2014). "Then Out of the Rubble": David Foster Wallace's Early Fiction. In ? David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 85-106

the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind

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Referring at once to the persistence of eschatological discourse despite the failure of the prophesied apocalypse ever to arrive

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Referring at once to the persistence of eschatological discourse despite the failure of the prophesied apocalypse ever to arrive

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make (something abstract) more concrete or real

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the reifying shackles of apocalyptic discourse

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the reifying shackles of apocalyptic discourse

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ambiguous; occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold

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she is a liminal horizon the novel repetitively posits

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she is a liminal horizon the novel repetitively posits

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the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation (adj: semiotic)

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semiotic square

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semiotic square

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philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence in which the divine encompasses or is manifested in the material world

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first encountered recently (in a DFW-related book I think)

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first encountered recently (in a DFW-related book I think)

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(noun) an expression of real or pretended doubt or uncertainty especially for rhetorical effect / (noun) a logical impasse or contradiction / (noun) a radical contradiction in the import of a text or theory that is seen in deconstruction as inevitable

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how they manifest in the aporia between self and other

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how they manifest in the aporia between self and other

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to a notable degree; very

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eminently destructible

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eminently destructible

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beginning

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(noun) an ultimate end (from Greek)

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rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality, and other identifying characteristics of individuality

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uncanny (used by Freud)

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ethical component of the personality and provides the moral standards by which the ego operates (acc to Sigmund Freud)

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of or relating to Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), British poet and cultural critic who celebrated virtue

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Arnoldian-reverse

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Arnoldian-reverse

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[...] I believe that "Westward"'s fictional project should instead be read as, if not as accomplishing, then at least pointing toward a relationship to irony that is anti-eschatological, that acknowledges irony's fundamental "temporality that is not organic," and that it "allows for no end, for no totality." In other words, Wallace's mode of getting metafiction's Armageddon-explosion "over with," is based on an acknowlegment that not only can there not be such an explosion, but that the whole aesthetic approach that privileges such an eschatology is not only problematic, but threatening. [...]

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[...] I believe that "Westward"'s fictional project should instead be read as, if not as accomplishing, then at least pointing toward a relationship to irony that is anti-eschatological, that acknowledges irony's fundamental "temporality that is not organic," and that it "allows for no end, for no totality." In other words, Wallace's mode of getting metafiction's Armageddon-explosion "over with," is based on an acknowlegment that not only can there not be such an explosion, but that the whole aesthetic approach that privileges such an eschatology is not only problematic, but threatening. [...]

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