It is my honour to be able to announce that David Hering (University of Liverpool, UK - @hering_david) will be keynote speaker at the Australian David Foster Wallace conference, OzWallace (1-3 September 2017), in Melbourne!
This excites me beyond belief! I am currently making my way through David's latest publication, David Foster Wallace: Fiction + Form, and have found myself captivated and continually amazed at the new insights into Wallace's work. I have dedicated a couple of previous posts to this publication that are worth looking at if you're interested, David Hering's Fiction and Form and Amazing Fiction and Form Excerpt.
David Hering isn't just one of the leading Wallace scholars internationally right now, he is an inspiring and captivating speaker. I had the pleasure of meeting David at the CUNY DFW Footnotes conference back in November 2009 where I saw him present his paper, “Dreams Within Dreams: Wallace, Lynch, Oblivion”. My pre-twitter quick response on this site was:
"Lynchian geek out. David presented the parallels in Wallace's and Lynch's narrative stategies through Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Inland Empire. Spectacular!"
It's also super important to mention that David Hering organised the very first international David Foster Wallace conference, Consider David Foster Wallace, which was held way back in July 2009 at the University of Liverpool (Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays collected 17 essays that stemmed from this conference.)
So... come and join us in Australia in September next year! Conference organiser, RMIT's Dr. Tony McMahon (also an occasional correspondent for this site), and his team are working to put together a fantastic event in my favourite Australian city, Melbourne.
I understand the call for papers is due very soon.
David Hering is a Lecturer at the University Of Liverpool, UK where he teaches and researches contemporary literature, and co-directs the Centre for New and International Writing. He has published and written extensively on the work of David Foster Wallace: he is the editor of Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays (2010) and the author of David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form (2016), for which publication he received a Harry Ransom Centre/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the purposes of researching Wallace's archive. His essays on Wallace have also appeared in David Foster Wallace: Critical Insights (2015) and The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (forthcoming). His writing has also appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Orbit and Critical Engagements.
P.S. For a super special discount on David Hering's, David Foster Wallace: Fiction + Form, order the book via www.bloomsbury.com/au and enter the code DFW2016 for an 40% discount (Note: this may only work for Australian purchases - big shout out to Rachael at Bloomsbury for this!)