Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

by

David Foster Wallace

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M.I.T. Term Analysis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a university in Cambridge, MA where parts of the novel are set.
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M.I.T. Term Timeline in Infinite Jest

The timeline below shows where the term M.I.T. appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 29
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...tube.” Boston drug users have nicknamed it Madame Psychosis after a “cult radio personality” on M.I.T.’s student-run station, WYYY. Mario is a devout listener. Pemulis gets home to his E.T.A. dorm... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...was not particularly complex or secret information—got her in a lot of trouble with the M.I.T. administration. (full context)
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Avril Incandenza quit her studies at M.I.T. to focus full-time on designing E.T.A.’s curriculum. E.T.A. is one of the few sports academies... (full context)