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Teaching materials from the David Foster Wallace archive


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A small but significant portion of the David Foster Wallace archive represents his teaching career, from his graduate school years through to his work as a faculty member at Pomona College in the years before his death. Wallace not only had high expectations for his students, but took his own role as a teacher very seriously. Syllabi, paper topic handouts, quizzes, vocabulary lists, heavily annotated teaching texts, and other documents dating from the late 1980s to 2008 are represented in the collection. Shown here are assignments and books representing various periods in his teaching career.

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View syllabus and paper guidelines for David Foster Wallace's class "English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall '94"
View annotated books that Wallace used in his class "English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall '94"
View document for Wallace's class entitled "English 183A Your Liberal-Arts $ at Work"


Syllabus for David Foster Wallace's class "English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall '94"


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Document for David Foster Wallace's class entitled "Papers for 102: Rules, Guidelines, and Topics"


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Carrie by Stephen King


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Cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Stephen King's Carrie. Harry Ransom Center.

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Inside cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Stephen King's Carrie. Harry Ransom Center.


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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Stephen King's Carrie. Harry Ransom Center.

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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Stephen King's Carrie. Harry Ransom Center.



The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


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Cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs. Harry Ransom Center.

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Inside cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs. Harry Ransom Center.


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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs. Harry Ransom Center.

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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs. Harry Ransom Center.


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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs. Harry Ransom Center.

 


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis


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Cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Harry Ransom Center.

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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Harry Ransom Center.


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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Harry Ransom Center.

 


The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy


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Cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere. Harry Ransom Center.

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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere. Harry Ransom Center.


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Annotated pages from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere. Harry Ransom Center.

 


Document for David Foster Wallace's class entitled "English 183A Your Liberal-Arts $ at Work" in which he points out common grammatical errors


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