Edward Jackson

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: Coming Unstuck: David Foster Wallace’s Neoliberal Spermatics
Supervisors: Dr Sara K Wood and Dr Rex Ferguson
PhD English Literature


My thesis examines the relationship between male sexuality and political economy in the work of David Foster Wallace. I explore how his texts’ ‘spermatic economies’ (Barker-Benfield, 1976) complexly endorse and legitimate various aspects of neoliberalism; whether envisaged as a cultural dominant with particular rationalities, or as a set of specific economic logics. As such, in addition to offering the first sustained consideration of male sexuality across Wallace’s oeuvre, my project reconceptualises his work’s relationship to neoliberalism as one defined by complicity as much as it is by critique – and particularly when it comes to sex.


Jackson, Edward and Nicholson-Roberts, Joel. ‘White Guys: Questioning Infinite Jest's New Sincerity.’ Orbit: A Journal of American Literature 5.1 (2017): 1-28. Web. https://www.pynchon.net/articles/10.16995/orbit.182/