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The DFW Society

It is with great excitement that I can now announce DFW Society - The International David Foster Wallace Society along with The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies.

Mission Statement

The International David Foster Wallace Society was founded to promote and sustain the long-term scholarly and independent study of David Foster Wallace’s writing. To these ends, the Society welcomes diverse, peer-reviewed scholarship and seeks to expand the critical boundaries of Wallace studies. We recognize and champion the visual, the alternative, and the literary: the presence of minds at work. The Society showcases a variety of projects—at conferences, on panels, in our print publication, The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies, and through other non-traditional modes of scholarly expression.


A fantastic group of people working on this project behind the scenes. Check out the Team and the check out the Journal Editorial Team! Yes a yearly peer reviewed journal!

It is a subscription model, fair prices I think (but yes, I'm in the team so take that into account)... anyone going patron level?

Follow on twitter too @DFWSociety


These are exciting times!


But the biggest thank you of all goes to Matt Bucher for pulling this all together. And for being the President we all admire.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:26

DFW Bibliography of Secondary Criticism

The David Foster Wallace Research Group, guided by Stephen J. Burn, have released their online David Foster Wallace Bibliography of Secondary Criticism and it is wonderful.

From the page:

Compiled by members of the Glasgow David Foster Wallace Research Group, this regularly updated bibliography collates academic criticism that has been published on David Foster Wallace’s writing. It does not include the many excellent studies (such as Frederick Karl’s American Fictions 1980-2000 [2001]) that only mention Wallace’s work in passing, or theses and dissertations devoted to Wallace (many of which are available through the indispensable Howling Fantods page).

The bibliography aims for completeness, but please send citations of materials we’ve missed.


Check out the David Foster Wallace Bibliography of Secondary Criticism now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:04

OzWallace 2017 Call for Papers

Back after a bit of a much needed break with some excellent news:

The OzWallace 2017 Call for Papers

OzWallace 2017

September 1, 2 & 3

Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers

On behalf of OzWallace 2017, the Conference Committee is sponsoring a call for academic, creative and alternative academic papers relating to all areas concerning the work of David Foster Wallace.

The Committee welcomes papers on any Wallace-related topic. Suggested topics may include:

• Wallace and gender

• Wallace and race

• Wallace and world literature

• Wallace and current events

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at OzWallace 2017. Successful applicants should aim for a twenty-minute talk. Authors will usually be matched with one or two other participants in a panel, and should allow for a twenty-minute question and answer session after each panel.

Proposals for entire panels are also encouraged.

Call Paper Timetable:

Timely submission of the papers is critical to the success of the OzWallace 2017. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

1. Deadline for Proposals

By May 1 2017, authors should submit a 200-word abstract for their papers including the title, a short description of the topic(s) to be addressed, and the approach that will be taken. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information and a 100-word biography, should be submitted via e-mail to the Conference chair, Tony McMahon, at tony.mcmahon AT Please put "OzWallace 2017" in the subject line.

2. Acceptance of Proposals

By June 15 2017, the Conference Committee will make a decision on all proposals. The number of accepted proposals might be limited. The Committee will contact authors regarding their proposals.

The Conference Committee looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties.


Questions may be addressed to Tony McMahon via e-mail at tony.mcmahon AT Your participation in this effort to produce new work on David Foster Wallace will contribute to the written body of knowledge on this author and to the success of OzWallace 2017.


More here:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:49

Infinite Jest Marathon Read Nov 8

This just in from Professor Andrew Warren:

"In celebration of Interdependence Day Harvard's English Department will be holding a marathon reading of Infinite Jest on November 8th, from 9am to 8pm at the Arts Café at Barker. By miraculous coincidence November 8th also happens to be Election Day in an election season that has, at every step, fairly approximated Infinite Jest's bent realities. Please therefore join us for a day where reality and fiction collide. There will be Johnny Gentle campaign buttons and "I Jested" stickers aplenty."


More here from The Harvard Crimson, Professors Find Ways to Bring Election into the Lesson Plan.


P.S Andrew Warren won the 2007 DFW Parody comp... you can read his entry here along with the other two finalists here.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 08:34

The Great Concavity - Ep 20 and Stickers!

Not only has episode 20 of The Great Concavity been released, but now you can help Matt and Dave cover the podcast hosting costs by picking up some neat vinyl stickers!

Episode 20's guest on The Great Concavity is John Mango.

(Follow the show on twitter @ConcavityShow and subscribe to the podcast here)


The podcast is hosted by Dave Laird (@DaveLaird2) and Matt Bucher (@mattbucher,wallace-l,, Simple RangerSide Show Media Group) two Wallace enthusiasts with a wealth of Wallace knowledge to share.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2016 11:44

OzWallace 2017 - David Hering Keynote!

It is my honour to be able to announce that David Hering (University of Liverpool, UK - @hering_david) will be keynote speaker at the Australian David Foster Wallace conference, OzWallace (1-3 September 2017), in Melbourne!

This excites me beyond belief! I am currently making my way through David's latest publication, David Foster Wallace: Fiction + Form, and have found myself captivated and continually amazed at the new insights into Wallace's work. I have dedicated a couple of previous posts to this publication that are worth looking at if you're interested, David Hering's Fiction and Form and Amazing Fiction and Form Excerpt.

David Hering isn't just one of the leading Wallace scholars internationally right now, he is an inspiring and captivating speaker. I had the pleasure of meeting David at the CUNY DFW Footnotes conference back in November 2009 where I saw him present his paper, “Dreams Within Dreams: Wallace, Lynch, Oblivion”. My pre-twitter quick response on this site was:

"Lynchian geek out. David presented the parallels in Wallace's and Lynch's narrative stategies through Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Inland Empire. Spectacular!"

It's also super important to mention that David Hering organised the very first international David Foster Wallace conference, Consider David Foster Wallace, which was held way back in July 2009 at the University of Liverpool (Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays collected 17 essays that stemmed from this conference.)

So... come and join us in Australia in September next year! Conference organiser, RMIT's Dr. Tony McMahon (also an occasional correspondent for this site), and his team are working to put together a fantastic event in my favourite Australian city, Melbourne.

I understand the call for papers is due very soon.

For more information about OzWallace 2017 follow Dr. Tony McMahon on twitter (@tony_mcmahon2) and hit up the OzWallace 2017 Facebook page.


David Hering is a Lecturer at the University Of Liverpool, UK where he teaches and researches contemporary literature, and co-directs the Centre for New and International Writing. He has published and written extensively on the work of David Foster Wallace: he is the editor of Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays (2010) and the author of David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form (2016), for which publication he received a Harry Ransom Centre/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the purposes of researching Wallace's archive. His essays on Wallace have also appeared in David Foster Wallace: Critical Insights (2015) and The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (forthcoming). His writing has also appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Orbit and Critical Engagements.


P.S. For a super special discount on David Hering's, David Foster Wallace: Fiction + Form, order the book via and enter the code DFW2016 for an 40% discount (Note: this may only work for Australian purchases - big shout out to Rachael at Bloomsbury for this!)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:36

Fourth Annual DFW Conference 2017 - Call for Papers

The call for papers and submission forms for the 2017 Annual David Foster Wallace Conference at Illinois State University (June 8-10, 2017) are now live.

Deadline is December 10, 2016.

Website: David Foster Wallace Conference

Facebook: David Foster Wallace #DFW17

Twitter: @DFWConference



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