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David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value

Jeffrey Severs


What do we value? Why do we value it? And in a neoliberal age, can morality ever displace money as the primary means of defining value? These are the questions that drove David Foster Wallace, a writer widely credited with changing the face of contemporary fiction and moving it beyond an emotionless postmodern irony. Jeffrey Severs argues in David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books that Wallace was also deeply engaged with the social, political, and economic issues of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A rebellious economic thinker, Wallace satirized the deforming effects of money, questi ... More

Keywords: David Foster Wallace, Postmodernism, post-postmodernism, contemporary U.S. fiction, neoliberalism, economics in literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231179447
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Severs, author
University of British Columbia