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Philip Roth’s Performing Loudmouth: Alexander Portnoy

Richard Locke

in Critical Children: The Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157834
eISBN:
9780231527996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the character of Alexander Portnoy, a model child who harbors a guilty secret, in Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint (1969). The novel arose from Roth's four abandoned projects, ... More


Critical Children: The Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels

Richard Locke

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157834
eISBN:
9780231527996
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book analyzes ten books in which children feature as critical characters and assesses the ways the children in these novels have been used to explore and evade large social, psychological and ... More


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