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Title: 'Embodiedness embodied' : David Foster Wallace and the question of embodiment
Author: Sloane, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 5415
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis comprises original readings of David Foster Wallace's (1962-2008) novels and short stories which demonstrate the centrality of 'embodiment' to those works. The thesis highlights the diverse and changing ways in which Wall ace portrays the perils of corporeality, while at the same time identifying continuities in his engagement. Through an analysis of Wallace's interest in - among other somatic concerns - dualism, disability, ageing, agency, sexual desire, the body and identity, I argue that Wallace's understanding of the relationship between individuals and their often wayward bodies is one that takes all bodies to be inherently disabling. The central claim made by the thesis is that in Wallace's fictions, person's wills are subordinate to their body's drives, and that as a result personal freedom and incarnation are radically incompatible. Although clearly central to Wallace's work, embodiment has yet to receive critical attention. This thesis is an attempt at 'instigating a new era for Wallace studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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