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Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781441192066
Pages : 272 pages
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Summary Book Review Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy by Robert K. Bolger:

Download or read book Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy written by Robert K. Bolger and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-06-19 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be." Gesturing Toward Reality looks into this quality of Wallace's work-when the writer dons the philosopher's cap-and sees something else. With essays offering a careful perusal of Wallace's extensive and heavily annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's influence on his fiction, and serious explorations into the moral and spiritual landscape where Wallace lived and wrote, this collection offers a perspective on Wallace that even he was not always ready to see. Since so much has been said in specifically literary circles about Wallace's philosophical acumen, it seems natural to have those with an interest in both philosophy and Wallace's writing address how these two areas come together.

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Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781441164087
Pages : 272 pages
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Summary Book Review Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy by Robert K. Bolger:

Download or read book Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy written by Robert K. Bolger and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-06-19 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be." Gesturing Toward Reality looks into this quality of Wallace's work-when the writer dons the philosopher's cap-and sees something else. With essays offering a careful perusal of Wallace's extensive and heavily annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's influence on his fiction, and serious explorations into the moral and spiritual landscape where Wallace lived and wrote, this collection offers a perspective on Wallace that even he was not always ready to see. Since so much has been said in specifically literary circles about Wallace's philosophical acumen, it seems natural to have those with an interest in both philosophy and Wallace's writing address how these two areas come together.

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David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781628920581
Pages : 192 pages
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Summary Book Review David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form by David Hering:

Download or read book David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form written by David Hering and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2016-09-08 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form, David Hering analyses the structures of David Foster Wallace's fiction, from his debut The Broom of the System to his final unfinished novel The Pale King. Incorporating extensive analysis of Wallace's drafts, notes and letters, and taking account of the rapidly expanding field of Wallace scholarship, this book argues that the form of Wallace's fiction is always inextricably bound up within an ongoing conflict between the monologic and the dialogic, one strongly connected with Wallace's sense of his own authorial presence and identity in the work. Hering suggests that this conflict occurs at the level of both subject and composition, analysing the importance of a number of provocative structural and critical contexts – ghostliness, institutionality, reflection – to the fiction while describing how this argument is also visible within the development of Wallace's manuscripts, comparing early drafts with published material to offer a career-long framework of the construction of Wallace's fiction. The final chapter offers an unprecedentedly detailed analysis of the troubled, decade-long construction of the work that became The Pale King.

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David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books


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Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780231543118
Pages : 304 pages
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Summary Book Review David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books by Jeffrey Severs:

Download or read book David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books written by Jeffrey Severs and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2017-01-03 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What do we value? Why do we value it? And in a neoliberal age, can morality ever displace money as the primary means of defining value? These are the questions that drove David Foster Wallace, a writer widely credited with changing the face of contemporary fiction and moving it beyond an emotionless postmodern irony. Jeffrey Severs argues in David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books that Wallace was also deeply engaged with the social, political, and economic issues of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A rebellious economic thinker, Wallace satirized the deforming effects of money, questioned the logic of the monetary system, and saw the world through the lens of value's many hidden and untapped meanings. In original readings of all of Wallace's fiction, from The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest to his story collections and The Pale King, Severs reveals Wallace to be a thoroughly political writer whose works provide an often surreal history of financial crises and economic policies. As Severs demonstrates, the concept of value occupied the intersection of Wallace's major interests: economics, work, metaphysics, mathematics, and morality. Severs ranges from the Great Depression and the New Deal to the realms of finance, insurance, and taxation to detail Wallace's quest for balance and grace in a world of excess and entropy. Wallace showed characters struggling to place two feet on the ground and restlessly sought to "balance the books" of a chaotic culture. Explaining why Wallace's work has galvanized a new phase in contemporary global literature, Severs draws connections to key Wallace forerunners Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, and William Gaddis, as well as his successors—including Dave Eggers, Teddy Wayne, Jonathan Lethem, and Zadie Smith—interpreting Wallace's legacy in terms of finance, the gift, and office life.

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The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace


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Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9781107195950
Pages : 280 pages
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Summary Book Review The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace by Ralph Clare:

Download or read book The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace written by Ralph Clare and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2018-09-20 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A compelling, comprehensive, and substantive introduction to the work of David Foster Wallace.

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The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781501313530
Pages : 208 pages
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Summary Book Review The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace by Clare Hayes-Brady:

Download or read book The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace written by Clare Hayes-Brady and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2016-02-25 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the writing of David Foster Wallace, hailed as the voice of a generation on his death. Critics have identified horror of solipsism, obsession with sincerity and a corresponding ambivalence regarding postmodern irony, and detailed attention to contemporary culture as the central elements of Wallace's writing. Clare Hayes-Brady draws on the evolving discourses of Wallace studies, focusing on the unifying anti-teleology of his writing, arguing that that position is a fundamentally political response to the condition of neo-liberal America. She argues that Wallace's work is most unified by its resistance to closure, which pervades the structural, narrative and stylistic elements of his writing. Taking a broadly thematic approach to the numerous types of 'failure', or lack of completion, visible throughout his work, the book offers a framework within which to read Wallace's work as a coherent whole, rather than split along the lines of fiction versus non-fiction, or pre- and post-Infinite Jest, two critical positions that have become dominant over the last five years. While demonstrating the centrality of 'failure', the book also explores Wallace's approach to sincere communication as a recurring response to what he saw as the inane, self-absorbed commodification of language and society, along with less explored themes such as gender, naming and heroism. Situating Wallace as both a product of his time and an artist sui generis, Hayes-Brady details his abiding interest in philosophy, language and the struggle for an authentic self in late-twentieth-century America.

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David Foster Wallace and the Body


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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781000008692
Pages : 204 pages
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Summary Book Review David Foster Wallace and the Body by Peter Sloane:

Download or read book David Foster Wallace and the Body written by Peter Sloane and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-05-17 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: David Foster Wallace and the Body is the first full-length study to focus on Wallace’s career-long fascination with the human body and the textual representation of the body. The book provides engaging, accessible close readings that highlight the importance of the overlooked, and yet central theme of all of this major American author’s works: having a body. Wallace repeatedly made clear that good fiction is about what it means to be a ‘human being’. A large part of what that means is having a body, and being conscious of the conflicts that arise, morally and physically, as a result; a fact with which, as Wallace forcefully and convincingly argues, we all desire ‘to be reconciled’. Given the ubiquity of the themes of embodiment in Wallace’s work, this study is an important addition to an expanding field. The book also opens up the themes addressed to interrogate aspects of contemporary literature, culture, and society more generally, placing Wallace’s works in the history of literary and philosophical engagements with the brute fact of embodiment.

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Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace


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Publisher : Modern Language Association
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ISBN 10 : 9781603293921
Pages : 205 pages
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Summary Book Review Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace by Stephen J. Burn:

Download or read book Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace written by Stephen J. Burn and published by Modern Language Association. This book was released on 2019-08-01 with total page 205 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: David Foster Wallace’s works engage with his literary moment--roughly summarized as postmodernism--and with the author’s historical context. From his famously complex fiction to essays critical of American culture, Wallace’s works have at their core essential human concerns such as self-understanding, connecting with others, ethical behavior, and finding meaning. The essays in this volume suggest ways to elucidate Wallace’s philosophical and literary preoccupations for today’s students, who continue to contend with urgent issues, both personal and political, through reading literature. Part 1, “Materials,†offers guidance on biographical, contextual, and archival sources and critical responses to Wallace’s writing. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†discuss teaching key works and genres in high school settings, first-year undergraduate writing classes, American literature surveys, seminars on Wallace, and world literature courses. They examine Wallace’s social and philosophical contexts and contributions, treating topics such as gender, literary ethics, and the culture of writing programs.

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Wallace and I


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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9780429594663
Pages : 176 pages
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Summary Book Review Wallace and I by Jamie Redgate:

Download or read book Wallace and I written by Jamie Redgate and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-01-17 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Though David Foster Wallace is well known for declaring that "Fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being," what he actually meant by the term "human being" has been quite forgotten. It is a truism in Wallace studies that Wallace was a posthumanist writer, and too theoretically sophisticated to write about characters as having some kind of essential interior self or soul. Though the contemporary, posthuman model of the embodied brain is central to Wallace’s work, so is his critique of that model: the soul is as vital a part of Wallace’s fiction as the bodies in which his souls are housed. Drawing on Wallace’s reading in the science and philosophy of mind, this book gives a rigorous account of Wallace’s dualism, and of his humanistic engagement with key postmodern concerns: authorship; the self and interiority; madness and mind doctors; and free will. If Wallace’s fiction is about what it is to be a human being, this book is about the human ‘I’ at the heart of Wallace’s work.

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David Foster Wallace and Religion


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781501345296
Pages : 224 pages
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Summary Book Review David Foster Wallace and Religion by Michael McGowan:

Download or read book David Foster Wallace and Religion written by Michael McGowan and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2019-11-14 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the years since his suicide, scholars have explored David Foster Wallace's writing in transdisciplinary ways. This is the first book of its kind to discuss how Wallace understood and wrote about religion. At present, the scholarly community is sharply divided on how best to read Wallace on religious questions. Some interpret him to be a Nietzschean nihilist, while others see in him a profoundly spiritual, even mystical thinker. Some read Wallace as a Buddhist thinker, and others as a Christian existentialist. Involved at every level of this discussion are Wallace's experiences in Twelve Step recovery programs, according to which only a higher power can help one remove unwanted defects of character. The multifarious essays in this volume by literature, religion, and philosophy scholars in the Wallace community delve into Wallace's life and writings to advance the conversation about Wallace and religion. While they may disagree with one another in substantial ways, the contributors argue that Wallace was not only deliberate in his writings on religious themes, but also displayed an impressive level of theological nuance.

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David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN 10 : 9781350117785
Pages : 224 pages
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Summary Book Review David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality by Edward Jackson:

Download or read book David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality written by Edward Jackson and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2020-06-11 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality: Hideousness, Neoliberalism, Spermatics is the first full-length study of perhaps the most controversial aspect of Wallace's work – male sexuality. Departing from biographical accounts of Wallace's troubled relationship to sex, the book offers new and engaging close readings of this vexed topic in both his fiction and non-fiction. Wallace consistently returns to images of sexual toxicity across his career to argue that, when it comes to sex, men are immutably hideous. He makes this argument by drawing on a variety of neoliberal logics and spermatic metaphors, which in their appeal to apparently neutral economic processes and natural bodily facts, forestall the possibility that men can change. The book therefore provides a revisionist account of Wallace's attitudes towards capitalism, as well as a critical dissection of his approach to masculinity and sexuality. In doing so, David Foster Wallace's Toxic Sexuality shows how Wallace can be considered a neoliberal writer, whose commitment to furthering male sexual toxicity is a disturbing but undeniable part of his literary project.

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Depression and Dysphoria in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace


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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781000300451
Pages : 180 pages
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Download or read book Depression and Dysphoria in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace written by Rob Mayo and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-01-03 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Depression and Dysphoria in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace is the first full-length study of this critically overlooked theme, addressing a major gap in Wallace studies. Wallace has long been recognised as a ‘depression laureate’ inheriting a mantle previously held by Sylvia Plath due to the frequent and remarkable depictions of depressed characters in his fiction. However, this book resists taking Wallace’s fiction at face value and instead situates close reading of his complex fictions in theoretical dialogue both with philosophical and theoretical texts and with contemporary authors and infl uences. This book explores Wallace’s complex engagement with philosophical and medical ideas of emotional suffering and demonstrates how this evolves over his career. The shifts in Wallace’s thematic focus on various forms of dysphoria, including heartache, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety, as well as depression, correspond to an increasingly pessimistic philosophy underlying his fiction.

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Wallace’s Dialects


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781501348488
Pages : 240 pages
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Download or read book Wallace’s Dialects written by Mary Shapiro and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2020-05-14 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mary Shapiro explores the use of regional and ethnic dialects in the works of David Foster Wallace, not just as a device used to add realism to dialogue, but as a vehicle for important social commentary about the role language plays in our daily lives, how we express personal identity, and how we navigate social relationships. Wallace's Dialects straddles the fields of linguistic criticism and folk linguistics, considering which linguistic variables of Jewish-American English, African-American English, Midwestern, Southern, and Boston regional dialects were salient enough for Wallace to represent, and how he showed the intersectionality of these with gender and social class. Wallace's own use of language is examined with respect to how it encodes his identity as a white, male, economically privileged Midwesterner, while also foregrounding characteristic and distinctive idiolect features that allowed him to connect to readers across implied social boundaries.

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Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer


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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9781628923339
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer written by Allard den Dulk and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-12-18 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American literature. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Den Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus.

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Subjects of Substance


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Publisher : transcript Verlag
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ISBN 10 : 9783839449295
Pages : 330 pages
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Download or read book Subjects of Substance written by Julian Henneberg and published by transcript Verlag. This book was released on 2020-07-31 with total page 330 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Recent U.S. literature has both been informed by, and critically engaged with, materialist conceptions of selfhood. Over the past decades, disciplines like neuroscience and evolutionary biology have increasingly recast the human self as a malleable construct produced by physiological processes. In a parallel development, literary authors have created their own conceptions of somatic subjectivity in conjunction or contrast with scientific and medical discourses. Subjects of Substance examines the forms, functions, and effects of materialist models of mind in selected memoirs and novels. Authors discussed include Michael W. Clune, Don DeLillo, Kay Redfield Jamison, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers, Elyn R. Saks, and David Foster Wallace.

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Back to the Core


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Publisher : Vernon Press
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ISBN 10 : 9781622739790
Pages : 270 pages
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Summary Book Review Back to the Core by Emma Cohen de Lara:

Download or read book Back to the Core written by Emma Cohen de Lara and published by Vernon Press. This book was released on 2020-10-06 with total page 270 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Whereas liberal arts and sciences education arguably has European roots, European universities have evolved over the last century to become advanced research institutions, mainly offering academic training in specialized disciplines. The Bologna process, started by the European Union in the late nineties, encouraged European institutions of higher education to broaden their curricula and to commit to undergraduate education with increased vigor. One of the results is that Europe is currently witnessing a proliferation of liberal arts and sciences colleges and broad bachelor degrees. This edited volume fills a gap in the literature by providing reflections on the recent developments in Europe with regard to higher education in the liberal arts and sciences. The first section includes reflections from either side of the Atlantic about the nature and aims of liberal arts and sciences education and the way in which it takes shape, or should take shape in European institutions of higher learning. The edited volume takes as a distinct approach to liberal arts and sciences education by focusing on the unique way in which core texts – i.e. classic texts from philosophical, historical, literary or cultural traditions involving “the best that has been written” – meet the challenges of modern higher education in general and in Europe in particular. This approach is manifested explicitly in the second section that focuses on how specific core texts promote the goals of liberal arts and sciences education, including the teaching methods, curricular reflections, and personal experiences of teaching core texts. The edited volume is based on a selection of papers presented at a conference held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in September 2015. It is meant to impart the passion that teachers and administrators share about developing the liberal arts and sciences in Europe with the help of core texts in order to provide students with a well-rounded, formative, and genuinely liberal education.

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The Fact of the Cage


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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781000338966
Pages : 204 pages
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Download or read book The Fact of the Cage written by Karl A. Plank and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-02-18 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest raised expectations of what a novel might do. As he understood fiction to aim at what it means to be human, so he hoped his work might relieve the loneliness of human suffering. In that light, The Fact of the Cage shows how Wallace’s masterpiece dramatizes the condition of encagement and how it comes to be met by "Abiding" and through inter-relational acts of speaking and hearing, touching, and facing. Revealing Wallace’s theology of a "boneless Christ," The Fact of the Cage wagers that reading such a novel as Infinite Jest makes available to readers the redemption glimpsed in its pages, that reading fiction has ethical and religious significance—in short, that reading Infinite Jest makes one better. As such, Plank’s work takes steps to defend the ethics of fiction, the vital relation between religion and literature, and why one just might read at all.