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    Dr. Kim Middleton

    Office: 423 Western Ave. #7

    email: kmiddleton_at_strose.edu

    phone: 518 485-3647

    hours: MTW 5-6, and by appt.
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    • Infinite Index
      Here is a calendar and index of IS posts, for those who jolietta online casino wish to tackle the novel in the summers to come.
    • Acknowledgements
      Back in April, when I set out to recruit three more Guides, I decided to start with the folks I thought would be best suited for the role and then move down the list as I accumulated rejections (of which I expected plenty). Instead, to my great fortune, the first three people I asked accepted. […]
    • Summer’s End Roundtable, Part IV
      This is the last of a four-part roundtable discussion with the Infinite Summer Guides. Infinite Summer: Did Infinite Jest change your life? Avery Edison: It’s definitely got me reading books again, which is marvelous. I hadn’t realized how much the internet had affected my ability to just sit down and read a book, and — […]
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On September 12, 2008, renowned contemporary author and MacArthur genius award winner David Foster Wallace tragically committed suicide.  Multiple encomiums published in the New York Times, Salon.com, and Harper’s Magazine called Wallace the heir to the literary tradition of such luminaries as James Joyce and Thomas Pynchon. In an interview in the L.A. Times, book critic David Ulin stated: “He was one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years.”

In this intensive summer course, our first and primary goal will be to read and discuss the entirety of Wallace’s master work, Infinite Jest.  In addition, however, we’ll take stock of the critical responses to the novel, both professional and participatory.  In the end, we’ll hopefully arrive at preliminary answers to three fundamental questions:

  1. Which kinds of interpretive approaches/habits does the novel encourage in its readers?
  2. What does this novel reveal about the landscape of contemporary literature?
  3. Given the current cachet of the novel and its author among a variety of audiences, what, if anything, can those trained in English Studies contribute to the conversation, and what skills would they need to do so?

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