Out of the Attic: Agency and Narratives of Mental Illness by David Foster Wallace and Lauren Slater
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Honors College Thesis
Studies of Prozac Diary and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir illustrate how Slater adapts conventions of fiction to the memoir form to create agency for the mentally ill subject. This study will apply this approach of narrative therapy to David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest to determine if the autobiographical conventions of mental illness may be adapted to fiction. An analysis of these primary texts seeks to address issues related to the therapeutic dimensions of autobiography as these are complicated by the narrative conventions that distinguish memoir and fiction.
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McLeod, Erin L., "Out of the Attic: Agency and Narratives of Mental Illness by David Foster Wallace and Lauren Slater" (2015). Honors Theses. 299.
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