Recent papers and publications

 

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  • “Wallace and Philosophy.” In: Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace, eds. Stephen J. Burn and Mary K. Holland. MLA, 2019 [fortcoming].

  • (together with Preben Jordal) “Subjectivity and Faith in Updike and Wallace: A Comparison of the Interpretation of Kierkegaard inRabbit, Run and Infinite Jest.” The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies vol. 1, no. 1 (2018): 17-53 [forthcoming].

  • “Wallace’s ‘The Depressed Person’ and Dostoevksy’sNotes from Underground.” David Foster Wallace: Between Philosophy and Literature Conference, University of Chieti-Pescara, 18-20 April 2018.

  • “‘New Sincerity’ as Awareness and Immersion: A Comparative Analysis of Boyhood and Anomalisa.” Moving Image and Philosophy International Conference, University of Porto, 7-8 July 2017.

  • “David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest as Contemporary Core Text: Re-Evaluating Postmodernism and Existentialism.” In: Back to the Core. Rethinking Core Texts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe , eds. E. Cohen de Lara and H. Drop, 383-398. Wilmington VA: Vernon Press, 2017. [download]

  • (together with Anthony Leaker) “'Hidden in Plain Sight': Language and the Importance of the Ordinary in Wallace, DeLillo and Wittgenstein.” In: David Foster Wallace: Presences of the Other, eds. Béatrice Pire and Pierre-Louis Patoine, 73-89. Sussex University Press, 2017. [download]

  • “Understanding Cinematic ‘New Sincerity’ and the Case of Frances Ha in Light of Sartre: A Proposal for an Existentialist Conceptual Framework.” Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Edinburgh, 6-8 July 2016.
  • “David Foster Wallace & The Canon: Re-Evaluating Postmodernism and Existentialism.” Liberal Arts & Sciences and Core Texts in the European Context Conference, Amsterdam University College, 11-12 September 2015.
  • Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer: A Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary American Literature . New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. [preview]
  • (together with Anthony Leaker) "The 'Very Life Blood' of the Game: Language, Rules and Meaning in Wittgenstein, Wallace and DeLillo." Infinite Wallace Conference, Universities of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle and Paris 7-Paris Diderot, 11-13 September 2014.
  • "Good Faith and Sincerity: Sartrean Virtues of Self-Becoming in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." In Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy, edited by Robert K. Bolger and Scott Korb, 205-227. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. [download]
  • "Boredom, Irony, and Anxiety: Wallace and the Kierkegaardian View of the Self." In David Foster Wallace and "The Long Thing": New Essays on the Novels, edited by Marshall Boswell, 43-60. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. [download]
  • "Beyond Endless 'Aesthetic' Irony: A Comparison of the Irony Critique of Søren Kierkegaard and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Studies in the Novel 44, no. 3 (2012/3): 325-345. [download]
  • 'Love Me Till My Heart Stops': Existentialist Engagement in Contemporary American Literature , PhD diss., VU University Amsterdam, 2012.
  • (together with Suzanne Metselaar) Hoe denkers denken. Filosoferen als ambacht [How Thinkers Think. Philosophy as Craft]. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Athenaeum, 2012.
  • "The Transcendence of a Meaningful Life: The Portrayal of the Contemporary Self in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." In Looking Beyond? Shifting Views of Transcendence in Philosophy, Theology, Art, and Politics, edited by Wessel Stoker and W. L. van der Merwe, 413-429. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2012.
  • "Wallace and Wittgenstein: Literature as Dialogue Concerning the Real World." In Philosophy and Literature and the Crisis of Metaphysics, edited by Sébastian Hüsch, 343-358. Würzburg: Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 2011. [download]
  • "[The Transatlantic Connection:] American Literature: A New Aesthetic of Sincerity, Reality and Community." In Reconsidering the Postmodern. European Literature Beyond Relativism, edited by Thomas Vaessens and Yra van Dijk, 225-241. Amsterdam: AUP, 2011.
  • "Boredom and the Bliss of Meaningful Existence." Work in Process: Reading David Foster Wallace's The Pale King Conference, University of Antwerp, 22-23 September 2011.
  • "Moral Concepts Need Paradigmatic Cases". What Makes Us Moral Conference, VU University Amsterdam, 23-24 June 2011.
  • "Fictie is werkelijkheid. Een laat-Wittgensteiniaanse literatuuropvatting en de fictie van David Foster Wallace" ["Fiction Is Reality. A Late-Wittgensteinian View of Literature and the Fiction of David Foster Wallace"]. Echter dan werkelijkheid? Filosoferen over verbeelding in kunst en religie, edited by Edwin Koster and Henry Jansen, 163-182. Zoetermeer: Meinema, 2011.
  • "Taal en diversiteit: het late denken van Wittgenstein" ["Language and Diversity: Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy"]. Pionieren in diversiteit. Filosoferen met het oog op anderen, edited by Edwin Koster and Bert Musschenga, 223-238. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2010.
  • "The Transcendence of a Meaningful Life: Ideals of Self-Becoming in Contemporary American Fiction." Culture and Transcendence Conference, VU University Amsterdam, 28-29 October 2010.
  • "Like a Jewel on Thin Ice. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in light of Kierkegaard's Notion of Repetition." Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Warwick, July 15-17 2010.
  • "The Psychopath's Diary: American Psycho as a Kierkegaardian portrayal of the Aesthetic Destruction of the Self." Framing the Self Conference, University of Portsmouth, 21 May 2010.
  • "Wallace & Wittgenstein: Literature as Philosophical Dialogue Concerning the Real World." Philosophy and Literature: International and Pluridisciplinary Conference, University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour, 11-13 March 2010.