Authorship in Infinite Jest

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Authorship is a question that Wallace frequently addresses, especially given his concern with Awareness, Self and Other, Self-Consciousness, and the motif of maps and territories.

The narration of Infinite Jest is varied, as the first scene and the last hundred (approx.) pages in a first person narration from Hal Incandenza, and the meat of the novel in a third person omniscient voice. The variation encourages argument over who exactly is supplying the story, and just how connected Hal is to that omniscient voice and to other characters, like Don Gately. James Incandenza is also concerned with authorship, especially of his project, Infinite Jest (film).

Other instances where Wallace is concerned with authorship: Good Old Neon, The Broom of the System, Octet, and Host


Go back to Infinite Jest, or Themes, or David Foster Wallace.