William Allen

Research title

Sonic Neurologies: Sound and Schizophrenia in the works of David Foster Wallace and Richard Powers

Research summary

My thesis listens for the ways in which sound and neurological disorder syncopate in contemporary American fiction.

I am currently working on how phenomenologies of 'schizophrenic' language and experience might clarify certain textual sound-effects heard through the writing of David Foster Wallace and Richard Powers.


Publications

  • ‘The Sonic Neurology of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest’, Literary Fiction and the Hearing Sciences, ed. Edward Allen (London: Routledge, forthcoming)

Grants

Grants & Awards

  • AHRC DTP Studentship - 1/10/18

Conferences

  • ‘Schizophrenia and Schizophonia in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest’, a paper given at the David Foster Wallace Research Group’s annual symposium at the University of Glasgow.

Additional information

Affiliations

  • The Medical Humanities Network, The University of Glasgow