Philip Roth Studies

A peer-reviewed journal devoted to the literary exploration of this prolific contemporary novelist. It publishes writing pertaining entirely or in part to Philip Roth, his fiction, and his literary and cultural significance.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall

Annual Bibliography of Philip Roth Criticism and Resources-2014
What follows is a bibliography of Philip Roth-related texts published during 2014, including critical works (books, book chapters, and journal essays). All entries will reflect the format as defined in the third edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide...
A Tale of Two Roths: Philip and Henry
Henry Roth and Philip Roth were not related and never met, except in the pages of the latter's fiction. Each author had a father named Herman Roth, but Henry's Herman Roth was the model for the abusive Albert Schearl of Call It Sleep (1934), who is,...
Athleticism and Masculinity in Roth's American Trilogy and Exit Ghost
It is striking how central sport is throughout Roth's American Trilogy and Exit Ghost. While sport is glorified and at the same time parodied, however, it forcefully changes throughout the novels. At first, in American Pastoral, we meet the ultimate...
Death, Determination and "The End of Ends?": Nathan Zuckerman from My Life as a Man to Exit Ghost
"You must not come to nothing! Make something of yourselves!"-American PastoralNow, where is he that will not stay so longTill his friend sickness hath determined me?-Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2In American Pastoral (1997), Nathan Zuckerman attends...
Philip Roth and World Literature-Transatlantic Perspectives and Uneasy Passages
Velichka D. Ivanova, ed. Philip Roth and World Literature-Transatlantic Perspectives and Uneasy Passages. Cambria Press: Amherst, NY, 2014. 362 pp. $119.99.There is a moment in Exit Ghost (2007) when Nathan Zuckerman, standing around talking to some...
Philip Roth: Fiction and Power
Patrick Hayes. Philip Roth: Fiction and Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 272 pp. $85.00.Philip Roth, Patrick Hayes argues, remains "such an interesting writer today" in part because of his "robust challenge [. . .] to seemingly sensible"...
"There's No Remaking Reality": Roth and the Embodied Human Condition in Everyman
INTRODUCTION: SALVATION AND THE HUMAN CONDITIONYou're on Earth, there's no cure for that!-Beckett 37The title of Roth's Everyman refers to the fifteenth-century morality play of the same name. Commenting on the play, Roth has stated "the theme is always...
The Secret Hasid: Reading Roth's "Eli, the Fanatic" as a Kabbalistic Text
Be a man in the streets, and a Jew at home.-Judah Lieb Gordon, "Awake My People!" (1866)Midway into "Eli, The Fanatic," Philip Roth inserts a strikingly uncharacteristic scene. Eli Peck, the neurotic young attorney who is the story's protagonist, stands...
The Visual Apologetics of Philip Roth's Pastoral America
If the sense of lived time is being renegotiated in our contemporary cultures of memory, we should not forget that time is not only the past, its preservation and transmission. [. . .] Perhaps it is time to remember the future, rather than simply to...
Updike
Adam Begley. Updike. New York: HarperCollins, 2014. 588 pp. $29.99.An image of the youthful John Updike, hands in his back pockets, standing on a beach and beaming, is reproduced on the book jacket of Adam Begley's new biography of the writer. The text...
What to Do with Kafka, or Where's My Prize?
Who else but Roth would have imagined Prague under communist rule for his spring getaway?-Mark Shechner (97)Much has been written about Roth and Kafka but more can be said. Articles, book chapters and even a monograph have examined connections and more...
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