Swanson über Wallace

Yet the paradox of Wallace’s own fiction, as Konstantinou argues, is that while it sought to defend the spiritual advantages of belief, it never adumbrated a doctrine of values that might be worth espousing in the first place. His idealism was a form without substance, an elegant but empty frame. […] Because Wallace fails to enunciate concrete values by which his readers should live, his commitment to postironic belief strikes Konstantinou as fleecy and abstract, “more concerned with overthrowing the rule of a particular type of person, the ironist, than with changing the institutional relations that facilitated the rise to this type.”

Barrett Swanson: Act Naturally: Pretentiousness, Coolness, and Culture. In: Los Angeles Review of Books 2016-08-15


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