Title

Business in the Work and World of David Foster Wallace

Department/School

Ethics and Business Law

Date of this version

2016

Document Type

Article

Keywords

ethics, institutional theory, satisfaction

Abstract

Arguably, no author, scholar, or other commentator has depicted the condition of turn-of-the-century American capitalism as entertainingly and insightfully as David Foster Wallace. His central concern was the allure of the gifts of commercial production and the unwitting complicity of both producers and consumers in perpetuating entertainment at the expense of the examined life. This article uses ethical criticism and literary critical theory to explore the subjective experience of business in Wallace’s work, in correspondence with scholarship on institutional theory and marketing ethics, to point toward normative conclusions about how, in Wallace’s words, to live consciously.

Published in

Journal of Management Inquiry

Citation/Other Information

25(2), 214-222

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
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