Conference Schedule

9:00 AM: Introductory Remarks

 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM—Panel One: “Consider the Career: Early Fiction to Late Non-Fiction”

Moderator: Brandon Beirne, NYU

Connie Luther, University of Calgary

“Allegory and Symbolism in ‘Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way’: Postmodern Disclosure Disclosed”

Elizabeth Freudenthal, Georgia Institute of Technology

“David Foster Wallace, Embodiment, and Identity from the Outside In”

Adam Kelly, University College Dublin

“Democracy in America: David Foster Wallace’s Political Essays”

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM—Panel Two: “Filmic Entertainments”

Moderator: Carrie Shanafelt, CUNY-Graduate Center

Alison Wielgus, University of Iowa

“From the Abyss: James O. Incandenza and the Films of Infinite Jest

Rodney Taveira, University of Sydney

“In the Face of David Foster Wallace”

David Hering, University of Liverpool

 “Dreams Within Dreams: Wallace, Lynch, Oblivion”

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM—Panel Three: “The Philosophies of David Foster Wallace”

Moderator: Nico Israel, CUNY-Hunter College and the Graduate Center

Maureen Eckert, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

“Where the Conversation Lapses…Understanding DFW’s Philosophy Thesis”

Thomas Tracey, Oxford University

 “‘Like The Sky’: Responsibility in Wallace’s Early Fiction”

Joshua Sperling, Yale University

“Reading Infinite Jest through Heidegger’s ‘The Question Concerning Technology’”

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM—Break for Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM—Panel Four: “The Biographical Question”

Moderator: Nick Maniatis, Melba Copland Secondary School, Canberra, Australia; Webmaster, The Howling Fantods

Erin Lee Mock, CUNY Graduate Center

“The Biography of Madness by Assemblage: The Case of David Foster Wallace”

Matt Bucher, Independent Scholar

“Fantods: David Foster Wallace, wallace-l, and Literary Fandom Online”

Christine Harkin, Independent Scholar

“Taboos, Discourse, and New Media: Blogging the Death of David Foster Wallace”

2:40 PM – 3:40 PM—Panel Five: “Language, Communication, and the Project of Wallace’s Fiction”

Moderator: Gerhard Joseph, CUNY-Lehman College and the Graduate Center

Mary Holland, SUNY New Paltz

 “‘To be a [. . .] human being’: Mediated Immediacy in David Foster Wallace”

Jon Udelson, The City College of New York

“Inconclusive Endings: DFW’s Search for the Right Word(s): ‘Planet Trillaphon,’ Broom, and “Good Old Neon’”

Timothy Jacobs, York University

“Infinite Geist: Lexical Investigation, Mediation, and the Ghost of the  Author”

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM—Keynote Address

Stephen Burn, Northern Michigan University

“Infinite Expansion Inward: David Foster Wallace and the Concept of
Character in Contemporary Fiction”

 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM –Reception

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