Infinite dualities: post-irony and the afflictive American self in David Foster Wallace’s creative nonfiction

david foster wallace standing at a lectern

Introduction

To focus exclusively on David Foster Wallace’s creative nonfiction when he wrote one of the most esteemed novels of the 20th century,[1] Infinite Jest, may at first seem ill-judged. Though the writer’s work was critically and commercially[2] well-received at its time…