The Research Unit for American Studies at the University of Antwerp announces a two-day conference devoted to David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King, to be held on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September 2011 at U of A’s city campus.
Three years after the author’s death, David Foster Wallace is increasingly seen as a catalyst for a new generation of writers—a generation that tries to reach beyond the representational aporias of postmodernist fiction. At a time when literary reputation is often influenced by Internet buzz and the surrounding hype machine, the publication of Wallace’s unfinished novel The Pale King in April 2011 will no doubt affect this development in a variety of ways.
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