9-9:30 – Coffee and Registration

9:30-9:40 – A Brief Introduction from the Organizing Committee

9:40-10:40 – Plenary Paper

Panel Chair: Professor Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol)

Dr Stephen J. Burn (University of Glasgow)

David Foster Wallace and the Short Things

10:40-10:55 – Coffee

10:55-12:10 – Panel One: Love, Death, and Politics

Panel Chair: Rob Mayo (University of Bristol)

Paper 1

Dr Mark West (University of Glasgow)

“Lyndon” and David Foster Wallace’s Narrative of the Sixties

Paper 2

Thomas Chadwick (Goldsmiths, University of London)

“Broad-Minded Support”: The MacArthur Foundation, Authors and Creative Short Fiction’s place Within the Literature Industry

Paper 3

Dr Clare Hayes-Brady (University College Dublin)

An Arrangement of Distance: Love, Identity and Communication in the Short Fiction of David Foster Wallace

12:10-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-14:15 Panel Two: Affect, Attention, and Empathy

Panel Chair: Dr Theo Savvas (University of Bristol)

Paper 1

Professor Pia Masiero (University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari)

Reading (and Living) as Speculative Process in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Paper 2

Dennis Kinlaw (St. Andrews University)

“A God in the Small Things”: Affective Belief in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace

Paper 3

Dr Alice Bennett (Liverpool Hope University)

Workplace Affects and Attention in David Foster Wallace’s and Joshua Cohen’s Short Works

14:15-14:30 – Coffee

14:30-15:45 – Panel Three: Working with Fragments

Panel Chair: Dr Stephen Cheeke (University of Bristol)

Paper 1

Sigolene Vivier (Paris-Sorbonne Université)

The Fragmented Genre of Wallace’s Short Fiction

Paper 2

Professor Matthew J. Darling (Gannon University, USA)

Fragments Shored against (Pseudo-Modern) Ruins: David Foster Wallace’s Oblivion 

Paper 3

Tim Groenland (Trinity College Dublin)

“Magical Compression”: Exploring Minimalism in Wallace’s Fiction

15:45-16:00 – Coffee

16:00-17:15 – Panel Four: The Process of Accumulation

Panel Chair: Professor Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol)

Paper 1

Rob Mayo (University of Bristol)

 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: collection, cycle, or charade?

Paper 2

Elliott Morsia (Royal Holloway University of London)

A Genetic Study of ‘The Depressed Person’: Wallace and Text as Process 

Paper 3

Dr David Hering (University of Liverpool)

“Not Even Close to Complete”: Wallace and the Paralysed Gesamtkunstwerk 

17:15-17:40 – Time for Something Completely Different 

jt jackson (via Skype)

“If on a Winter’s Night a Wordsmith and a Game Player Walks into a Parlor …”

17:40-17:50 – Closing Remarks


19:15 – Conference Dinner

Cote Brasserie, The Mall, Clifton, Bristol



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