Sunday, June 30, 2019

Allard den Dulk - DFW19 Keynote

Sick and Wicked: A Comparative Reading of Wallace’s “The Depressed Person”, “B.I. #20”, and Dostoevsky’s “Notes from Underground”

Based on materials from the Wallace archive, I will offer a comparative reading of David Foster Wallace’s short stories “The Depressed Person” and “B.I. #20” with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella “Notes from Underground”, of their protagonists as similar ‘types’ produced by their respective cultural formations, suffering from hyperconsciousness, skepticism and spitefulness.

Allard den Dulk is Lecturer in Philosophy, Literature and Film at Amsterdam University College, Humanities Research Fellow at the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and author of the monograph “Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer: A Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary American Literature”. For more information and publications, see:

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