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Scholarship on David Foster Wallace understandably tends to focus on addiction in his novel Infinite Jest, as well as on his stated desire for a literary movement that transcends the recursive, ironic loop of the postmodern. This essay, however, explores issues of trauma and perversion in Wallace's fiction ? primarily beginning with Infinite Jest, chronologically speaking ? demonstrating Wallace's concern with the freedom of choice. A palpable friction exists between conservatism and sexualdoi:10.57709/5653008 fatcat:mx7tb6zdtndurihz3xdlxd6sc4