The chapter explores the connections between David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo, in particular their respective novels Infinite Jest and End Zone, by analyzing the similar ways in which both are engaged with the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Specifically, it uses Wittgenstein’s thought on how language use connects meaning and reality to compare the ‘Eschaton’ episode from Infinite Jest with the theme of games and nuclear war in End Zone.
|Title of host publication||David Foster Wallace: Presences of the Other|
|Editors||B. Pire, P-R. Patoine|
|Place of Publication||Eastbourne, UK|
|Publisher||Sussex Academic Press|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2017|
Den Dulk, A., & Leaker, A. (2017). "Hidden in plain sight": language and the importance of the ordinary in Wallace, DeLillo and Wittgenstein. In B. Pire, & P-R. Patoine (Eds.), David Foster Wallace: Presences of the Other (pp. 73-88). Sussex Academic Press. http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/literary_criticism/PirePatoine.htm