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Boswell, Marshall 1965-

Overview
Works: 21 works in 108 publications in 1 language and 4,556 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Encyclopedias  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3571.P4, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Marshall Boswell
John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion by Marshall Boswell( )

14 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early in his career, John Updike announced his affinity with the Christian existentialism of Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, and others. Because of this, many of Updike's critics have interpreted his work from within a Christian existentialist context. Yet Kierkegaard and Barth provide Updike with much more than a mere context, for their dialectical thinking serves as the springboard for Updike's own unique dialectical vision, a complex matrix of ethical precepts, theological beliefs, and aesthetic principles that governs nearly all of his literary output. Nowhere else in his immense corpus is this vision more clearly and thoroughly expressed that in his four Rabbit novels, which were gathered into the single volume Rabbit Angstrom in 1995. However, because Updike's critics have chosen to read the Rabbit novels as discrete, freestanding texts, they have by and large failed to extract the precepts of this private vision." "In John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy, Marshall Boswell redresses this imbalance by treating the Rabbit tetralogy as a single, unified "mega-novel." He demonstrates that, taken together as a single work, the four discrete sections of the tetralogy not only provide a coherent and complete articulation of Updike's unique existential vision but also compose a unified work of remarkable formal complexity. Boswell brings to Updike's work the concept of "mastered irony," a term coined by Kierkegaard to describe the presentation of two legitimate but contradictory sides of an issue. In the Rabbit novels, these issues range from adultery to drug addiction, from race to redemption, with each issue examined through the refracting lens of Updike's own ironic method. Boswell shows that although each of the four individual Rabbit novels confirms this dialectical strategy in a unique way, the completed tetralogy comprises an additional series of dialectical pairs that sustain, rather than resolve, thematic and formal tension. Ultimately, the structure of the finished "mega-novel" echoes the work's thematic rationale." "To help readers who are interested in a particular Rabbit novel. Boswell devotes a chapter to each individual section of the tetralogy. At the same time, he treats each novel as an integral part of the more comprehensive whole."--Jacket
Understanding David Foster Wallace by Marshall Boswell( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Understanding David Foster Wallace, Marshall Boswell examines the four major works of fiction Wallace has published thus far: the novels The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest and the story collections Girl with Curious Hair and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. In his readings of these works, Boswell affirms that Wallace, though still young, compels our attention not only for the singular excellence of his work but, perhaps more important, for his groundbreaking effort to chart a fruitful and affirmative new direction for the literary novel at a time of bleak prospects."--Jacket
A companion to David Foster Wallace studies by Marshall Boswell( Book )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Criticism of the work of David Foster Wallace has tended to be atomistic, focusing on a single aspect of individual works "A Companion to the Work of David Foster Wallace" is designed as a professional study of all of Wallace's creative work. With essays written by both top scholars in the field and exciting newcomers, the volume is anchored by a set of essays that provide detailed readings of each of his major works of fiction, including three novels and three story collections. Interwoven through these half-dozen single-text studies are thematic-based essays that address larger segments of Wallace's achievement via an eclectic range of critical environments, including mathematics, the spatial turn in contemporary criticism, gender theory, the legacy of American Pragmatism, and the emergent field of post-postmodern literary studies
David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" : new essays on the novels by Marshall Boswell( Book )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of the twelve books David Foster Wallace published both during his lifetime and posthumously, only three were novels. Nevertheless, Wallace always thought of himself primarily as a novelist. From his college years at Amherst, when he wrote his first novel as part of a creative honors thesis, to his final days, Wallace was buried in a novel project, which he often referred to as "the Long Thing." Meanwhile, the short stories and journalistic assignments he worked on during those years he characterized as "playing hooky from a certain Larger Thing." Wallace was also a specific kind of novelist, devoted to producing a specific kind of novel, namely the omnivorous, culture-consuming "encyclopedic" novel, as described in 1976 by Edward Mendelson in a ground-breaking essay on Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" is a state-of-the art guide through Wallace's three major works, including the generation-defining Infinite Jest. These essays provide fresh new readings of each of Wallace's novels as well as thematic essays that trace out patterns and connections across the three works. Most importantly, the collection includes six chapters on Wallace's unfinished novel, The Pale King, that will prove to be foundational for future scholars of this important text"--
Alternative Atlanta : a novel by Marshall Boswell( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bored with his job and falling in love with a married woman, Gerald, a thirty-year-old rock critic in Atlantic, finds his life turned upside down when his eccentric father, with whom he has had a strained relationship since childhood, moves in with him
Trouble with girls by Marshall Boswell( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is about Parker, from Memphis, who is trying to become a man. He's twelve going on thirteen when we first meet him and suffering through an inning of Little League baseball. He's playing right field, in position and praying a ball won't come his way. It's a scene that sets the theme of his young life-he's ready, but he's terrified. Parker's progress through middle-class life-high school, college, graduate school (he drops out), paying job in the real world (Atlanta at the millennium)-leads him to a lot of alarmingly seductive women who, more often than not, chew him up and spit him out. He hardly wants to admit it, but he has trouble with girls. Then there's the one who doesn't spit him out-Rachel. In fact, Rachel's the only one he tries to dump. Sort of. He suggests seeing her only on an informal, between things basis, keeping-as far as sex goes-the options open. Marshall Boswell's wry, beguiling first book is a canny portrait of a prototypical twenty-first century thirty-something American guy who's trying to balance sensitivity with good old-fashioned sensuality while he's on the make. Like a guy's guide to ... well, hoping and flailing more than hunting and fishing. By the last story, Parker does catch that high hard one, but also comes to understand that it's Rachel, the prototypical twenty-first century thirty-something woman, who gets credit for the score
Encyclopedia of American literature( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide biographical and critical information about American authors from 1946 to the present, as well as information on key works and topics that influenced American literature during the time
The Wallace effect : David Foster Wallace and the contemporary literary imagination by Marshall Boswell( Book )

12 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wallace Effect explores David Foster Wallace's contested space at the forefront of 21st-century American fiction. Pioneering Wallace scholar Marshall Boswell does this by illuminating “The Wallace Effect”-the aura of literary competition that Wallace routinely summoned in his fiction and non-fiction and that continues to inform the reception of his work by his contemporaries.A frankly combative writer, Wallace openly challenged his artistic predecessors as he sought to establish himself as the leading literary figure of the post-postmodern turn. Boswell challenges this portrait in two ways. First, he examines novels by Wallace's literary patriarchs and contemporaries that introduce innovations on traditional metafiction that Wallace would later claim as his own. Second, he explores four novels published after Wallace's ascendency that attempt to demythologize Wallace's persona and his literary preeminence.By re-situating Wallace's work in a broader and more contentious literary arena, The Wallace Effect traces both the reach and the limits of Wallace's legacy. -
Encyclopedia of American literature( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contemporary world : 1946 to the present( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of American literature. the age of romanticism and realism, 1815-1914 by Carol Berkin( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of American literature( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Foster Wallace( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Foster Wallace( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of American literature. the colonial and revolutionary era, 1607-1814 by Carol Berkin( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of American literature( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Foster Wallace, Part 1( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing" new essays on the novels by Marshall Boswell( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wolfe by Marshall Boswell( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

David Foster Wallace( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy : mastered irony in motion
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Understanding David Foster WallaceAlternative Atlanta : a novelTrouble with girlsEncyclopedia of American literatureEncyclopedia of American literatureEncyclopedia of American literature. the age of romanticism and realism, 1815-1914Encyclopedia of American literatureEncyclopedia of American literature. the colonial and revolutionary era, 1607-1814Encyclopedia of American literature
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