SOC-130 A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: David Foster Wallace and the Sociology of Entertainment

In the 1990s and 2000s, fiction author David Foster Wallace published a series of essays on Americans' efforts to entertain themselves. The essays consider topics such as television consumption, state fairs, talk radio, and luxury cruiseliners. Challenging, provocative, and funny, Wallace's essays explore rich sociological questions about what drives us to be entertained and how entertainment choices impact our thoughts, identities, and relationships with other people. Students will read and discuss selections from Wallace's work, and the course will culminate in a project that allows students to analyze an entertainment of their own choosing.


3 credits