Details zu 10.14361/9783839458808-012

Sixta Quassdorf
The Relevance of Turning a Page: Monotony and Complexity in §25 of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King
DOI: 10.14361/9783839458808-012
Sixta Quassdorf analyzes §25 of David Foster Wallace's novel The Pale King. In both form and content, the chapter reveals a masterly condensation of the human in a dehumanized bureaucracy. While the phrase »turns a page« is repeated about 100 times, representing the power of monotony and alienation, we also find variation, rhythmic disruption and flashes of poetic insight that reveal the unassailability of human creativity. In addition, by experiencing formal elements that echo the narrative's meaning, the reader is almost put into the protagonists' position, which goes beyond simply »turning pages.«