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Alan Cooper, Philip Roth and the Jews. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. xiv + 319 pp.

Hana Wirth-Nesher

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195134681
eISBN:
9780199848652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0027
Subject:
History, History of Religion

A review of the book, Philip Roth and the Jews by Alan Cooper is presented. Cooper tells an engaging story of a pioneering, courageous, prophetic hero — the writer Philip Roth — doomed to be ... More


American ignorance: Philip Roth’s American trilogy

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance: Literature and Agnoiology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074875
eISBN:
9781781702420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the work of Philip Roth, who is considered as one of America's top modern novelists, in order to focus on the question of authorial ignorance, suggesting that it is basically a ... More


The ‘credible incredible and the incredible credible’: generic experimentation in My Life as a Man, The Counterlife, The Facts, Deception and Operation Shylock

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Philip Roth has been both lauded and criticised for what John McDaniel (in the first monograph on Roth, published in 1974) calls his ‘commitment to social realism’. According to McDaniel, Roth's ... More


The Grapes of Roth: “Diasporism” Between Portnoy and Shy lock

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses Philip Roth's addition to the growing chorus of “diasporists” in the academy and the arts. In his novel Operation Shylock: A Confession, Roth made a cultural statement that not ... More


Fantasies of flight and flights of fancy: rewriting history and retreating from trauma in The Plot Against America

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The publication of The Plot Against America (2004) was attended with more fanfare and controversy than any of Philip Roth's books since Portnoy's Complaint (1969). Just as Portnoy had been heralded ... More


Suburb, Network, Homeland: National Space and the Rhetoric of Broadcasting

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the landscape of American broadcasting in the second half of the twentieth century evolved from a situation in which values of liberal independence acted as a front for the ... More


Introduction

in In History's Grip: Philip Roth's Newark Trilogy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804781824
eISBN:
9780804783675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804781824.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Newark is a small city in New Jersey, a sad, unwelcoming place with a sinister aura, with a meager skyline that stands in stark contrast to a vast expanse of crumbling buildings, streets, and ... More


Race/Erasure: Douglass to Roth

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195157765
eISBN:
9780199787784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter focuses on the American dilemma of race, exploring the rise of a literary countertradition that privileges silence and dissimulation over candor and accessibility. Examples are Frederick ... More


Introduction

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book offers an overview of the career of Philip Roth, with particular emphasis on his later work, and an assessment of his contribution to contemporary American fiction. Rather than attempting ... More


Conclusion; or, Kafka in Newark

in In History's Grip: Philip Roth's Newark Trilogy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804781824
eISBN:
9780804783675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804781824.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Born in 1883, Franz Kafka was a historical figure whose Prague was occupied by the Nazis and then the Soviets. A Jew who lived mostly in Prague and wrote in German, Kafka describes the prison-house ... More


Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Ezra Mendelsohn (ed.)

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This volume collects chapters on Jewish literature which deal with “the manifold ways that literary texts reveal their authors' attitudes toward their own Jewish identity and toward diverse aspects ... More


The trials of Nathan Zuckerman, or Jewry as jury: judging Jews in Zuckerman Bound

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Trials are ubiquitous in the fiction of Philip Roth. From Peter Tarnopol's lengthy divorce litigation in My Life as a Man (1974) to the historical court case of John Demjanjuk that dominates the ... More


Who Belongs in the University?

Stephen Schryer

in Maximum Feasible Participation: American Literature and the War on Poverty

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781503603677
eISBN:
9781503606081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503603677.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Philip Roth’s late 1990s novel, The Human Stain, arguing that the novel draws an analogy between the university and the Democratic Party. In early War on Poverty–era novels ... More


Philip Roth’s Kinds of Writing

Bharat Tandon

in Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748682492
eISBN:
9781474422109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores The New Yorker's distinctive relationship with the Manhattan cityscape within which it was conceived and produced. It suggests ways in which both the magazine's treatments of ... More


Portnoy’s Complaint: It’s about Race, Not Sex (Even the Sex Is about Race)

Dean J. Franco

in Race, Rights, and Recognition: Jewish American Literature since 1969

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450877
eISBN:
9780801464010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450877.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter revisits Philip Roth's notorious 1969 novel, Portnoy's Complaint—which had so scandalized Roth's peers—to argue that Roth's satire of the limitations of “civil rights” is the true ... More


Recapitulation and Religious Indifference in The Plot Against America

Christopher Douglas

in If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702112
eISBN:
9781501703539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter argues that Philip Roth's The Plot Against America is critical to the hugely important conservative Christian resurgence of the last four decades. Like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's ... More


Postwar Pastoral: The Art of Happiness in Philip Roth

Mary Esteve

in American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the fiction of Philip Roth and finds within it a nuanced account of “the relation between aesthetic value or quality and that paradigmatic postwar American feeling, happiness.” ... More


Old men behaving badly: morality, mortality and masculinity in Sabbath's Theater

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In an ‘interview with [him]self’ on The Great American Novel in 1973 (reprinted in Reading Myself and Others), Philip Roth recalls how he came upon a letter from Herman Melville to Nathaniel ... More


Philip Roth: Fiction and Power

Patrick Hayes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199689125
eISBN:
9780191795305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689125.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Philip Roth is widely acknowledged as one of the defining authors in the literature of post-war America. Yet he has long been a polarising figure, and throughout his career he has won the disapproval ... More


In History's Grip: Philip Roth's Newark Trilogy

Michael Kimmage

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804781824
eISBN:
9780804783675
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804781824.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book concentrates on the literature of Philip Roth, one of America's greatest writers, and in particular on American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and The Human Stain. Each of these novels ... More


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