Himmelheber 2014 Rape

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Author: Rachel Haley Himmelheber

Title: “I Believed She Could Save Me”

Subtitle: Rape Culture in David Foster Wallace's “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men #20

Journal: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

Volume: 55

Issue: 5

Year: 2014

Pages: 522-535

ISSN: 0011-1619 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1939-9138 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Literature / David Foster Wallace



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Abstract: »David Foster Wallace's 1999 short story collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men offers four homonymous stories that demonstrate a similar conceit: unnamed, silent interviewer questions one or more hideous men. The fourth and final iteration of “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” “B.I. #20,” is seen by many as a love story in disguise, but this article argues that that interpretation is a misreading. To view the story as a love story is to identify completely with Wallace's last hideous man. These men manipulate the women in their lives and the interviewer(s), but Wallace means for the reader to both feel implicated by their hideousness and separate enough from it to judge it. In “B.I. #20,” the nesting narratives reveal a pervasive rape culture and the ways in which its values pervert love for those who live inside it.« (Source: Critique)

Wikipedia: David Foster Wallace: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men


Added: October 25, 2014 – Last updated: October 25, 2014