Supposedly Fun Things

Supposedly Fun Things: A Colloquium on the Writing of David Foster Wallace

7th February 2015

Birkbeck, University of London

Organisers: Dr Antonio Venezia and Xavier Marco del Pont

Presentations from: Simon de Bourcier, Xavier Marco Del Pont, Martin Eve, Jen Glennon, Clare Hayes-Brady, Edward Jackson, Daniel Mattingly, Erin Reilly, Joel Roberts, Matt Sangster, Tony Venezia, Iain Williams

Respondent: Professor Geoff Ward (Homerton, Cambridge; presenter of Radio 4 documentary on DFW, Endnotes)

Following his death in 2008, David Foster Wallace's literary reputation has been firmly consolidated. We can now talk about a distinct sub-discipline called Wallace Studies as evidenced by the growing number of books, conferences, and journal articles on the writer, and enhanced by the publication of a posthumous novel and the opening up of an archive of his papers at the Harry Ransom Centre. Wallace's writing, both fiction and non-fiction, has helped to map the critical territory for debates on contemporary literature that have been taking place in both academic and non-academic settings. This colloquium will contribute to these ongoing conversations. We are pleased to present a series of short presentations covering Wallace's novels, short stories, journalism, and readers. Professor Geoff Ward (Homerton College, Cambridge) will act as respondent.

Attendance free. Registration essential. Refreshments possibly. For further information contact Tony and Xavier at: 



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