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dc.contributor.advisorDavis, D. Diane (Debra Diane), 1963-en
dc.creatorGerdes, Kendall Joyen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-26T15:11:18Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-26T15:11:18Zen
dc.date.created2011-05en
dc.date.issued2011-07-26en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3505en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractIn this project, I argue that David Foster Wallace's 1996 novel Infinite jest (or IJ) is both about recovering from addiction through humility, and also it produces that humility in some of its readers by making us feel ourselves to be addicts to a certain kind of reading: a reading to find closure, certainty, and resolution. But, in frustrating the desires for closure, certainty, resolution, etc., IJ denies readers the satisfaction of completing the fix. It is precisely this denial that prompts readers to re-read, repeating the structure of addiction--but also destructuring it, by installing habits of reading that pleasure in the failure to close, the uncertainty, the impossibility of resolution--habits which I treat as humility. Following a thread in the performative theory of J.L. Austin, Jacques Derrida, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, I clear space for reconceptualizing the performative utterance through an unusual example of a performative utterance: I take IJ to be the utterance of humility. Drawing on Avital Ronell's "narcoanalysis" in Crack wars, I argue that IJ's performative or substantializing work is in exploiting one kind of habit (addiction) in order to replace it with another (humility). The rhetorical transformation (to humility) effects itself through IJ's performative formation (in the reader) of the humbled habit. This project is a reading of a performative utterance (IJ) that produces a rhetorical effect, which effect is the formation of the habit of humility.en
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dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectDavid Foster Wallaceen
dc.subjectAddictionen
dc.subjectRhetoricen
dc.subjectHumilityen
dc.subjectPerformativityen
dc.subjectHabiten
dc.subjectHabit-breakingen
dc.subjectInfinite jesten
dc.titleHabit-forming : reading Infinite jest as a rhetoric of humilityen
dc.date.updated2011-07-26T15:11:22Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3505en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCvetkovich, Annen
dc.description.departmentEnglishen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen


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