Cliché, Irony and the Necessity of Meaning in Endgame and Infinite Jest

  • James Cetkovski University of Oxford, New College


With reference to the work of the ordinary language philosopher Stanley Cavell, this essay argues that David Foster Wallace’s 1996 novel Infinite Jest deploys cliché to expose the workings of ironic language in a way that is complementary to a similar exposition in Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play Endgame.

Author Information

James Cetkovski, University of Oxford, New College

James Cetkovski is a doctoral student in English literature at New College, Oxford. He researches the relationship between institutions and twentieth-century prose fiction.

How to Cite
Cetkovski, James. 2014. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 18 (May). Accessed May 24, 2018.