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Gdel, Hofstadter, Wallace: The Gdelian Metalogical Narrative Structure of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

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dc.contributor.advisor Hibbard, Allen en_US
dc.contributor.author Hudson, Cory en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T14:46:13Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T14:46:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015-07-10 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4569
dc.description.abstract Despite acknowledgements that it forms an intellectual predecessor to Infinite Jest, the influence that Douglas R. Hofstadter's Gdel, Escher, Bach (GEB) had upon the structure of David Foster Wallace's novel has resisted critical exploration. Filling this gap in Wallace scholarship, this study fully probes the degree to which the structure of IJ mimics Kurt Gdel's notions of incompleteness and recursion as explained by Hofstadter. Gdel, via a self-referential mathematical formula designated, established the impossibility for a calculus to account for every true mathematical statement about natural numbers. Wallace used Gdel's notions as a formal principal to structure IJ. The recursive incompleteness of a closed fictional system modeled on such a proof opens finally toward the reader, inviting exit from the experience of reading the novel. In that transcendent movement to the outside of the novel's textual system, writer and readers form an empathetic bond with one another beyond the experience of inhabiting impossible formulae. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject David Foster Wallace en_US
dc.subject Douglas R. Hofstadter en_US
dc.subject Infinite Jest en_US
dc.subject Metalogic en_US
dc.subject Recursion en_US
dc.title Gdel, Hofstadter, Wallace: The Gdelian Metalogical Narrative Structure of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hollings, Marion en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi Literature en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US


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