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Watching As The World Turns: Performance, Everyday Life, and the Self in the Novels of David Foster Wallace

South, Daniel (2015) Watching As The World Turns: Performance, Everyday Life, and the Self in the Novels of David Foster Wallace. Master of Arts by Research (MARes) thesis, University of Kent.

Abstract

This thesis examines manifestations of performance in the novels of David

performance he concurrently addresses the related topics of everyday life and the self. Taking key theories of performance from the discipline of

performance studies and applying these to an analysis of Wallace’s novels, this thesis demonstrates how the views of everyday life and the self presented by Wallace are predicated on performance and uncertainty. It first compares Wallace’s view of the everyday with theories put forward by Henri Lefebvre and Guy Debord. Wallace’s view of the self is then outlined, primarily through close readings of how choice, boredom, rituals, and masks are presented in Wallace’s novels, alongside comparisons of his work with two further theorists of the everyday, Raoul Vaneigem and Erving Goffman. The thesis concludes by examining how Wallace presents audiences within his novels, suggesting that he often uses performance situations to articulate his thoughts on the relationship between the self and the other, before calling for further interdisciplinary research into Wallace’s writing.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Arts by Research (MARes))
Thesis advisor: Klich, Rosemary
Thesis advisor: Virtanen, Juha
Uncontrolled keywords: David Foster Wallace Performance Everyday Life Self Novels Fiction Literature Theatre Drama Henri Lefebvre Guy Debord Raoul Vaneigem Erving Goffman Jacques Rancière Situationist International Infinite Jest
Subjects: N Visual Arts
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 09:26 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54755 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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