Infinite Jest in Legos

Studies in the Novel editor Stephanie Hawkins interviews Kevin Griffith, Professor of English at Capital University, about his website brickjest.com, the internationally acclaimed Lego “translation” he and his son created of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest in 2014. More than a father-son bonding experience, Professor Griffith describes his Lego translation as an innovative approach to teaching difficult novels: “The main point for me was I wanted to use it in the classroom as a way to invite students of all levels into the novel itself.” An act of creative poiesis, interpreting the novel in Legos is, in Griffith’s words, an invitation to overcome our addiction to technology. When we “make something and do something with technology that’s interesting and creative,” says Griffith, we become artists rather than passive consumers.


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