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. 2, No. 2, Fall

Annual Bibliography, Philip Roth Criticism and Resources-2005
Criticism and Resources-2005What follows is a bibliography of Philip Roth-related texts published during 2005, including primary works by and interviews with Roth, critical works (books, book chapters, and journal essays), book reviews and newspaper...
"Delusionary Thinking, Whether White or Black or in Between": Fictions of Race in Philip Roth's the Human Stain
As early as 1948, almost a decade before the hipster came to prominence in Norman Mailer's notorious essay "The White Negro,"1 Anatole Broyard, in his Partisan Review piece "A Portrait of the Hipster," defined this genuinely American rebel figure as...
Everyman
Philip Roth. Everyman. Boston: Houghton, 2006. 192 pp. $24.00.Not long ago, Philip Roth, who recently turned seventy-two years old, told an interviewer at the Guardian that he feared dying. Asked to elaborate further about his looming sense of mortality,...
Inauthentic: The Anxiety over Culture and Identity
Vincent J. Cheng. Inauthentic: The Anxiety over Culture and Identity. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2004. vii + 208 pp. $60.00/$21.95.Vincent J. Cheng's Inauthentic: The Anxiety over Culture and Identity often raises intelligent questions about the cultural...
Introduction: Philip Roth and Race
Does Philip Roth write about race? The publication of The Human Stain (2000) prompted this question for many, but as the articles in this issue make clear, asking if Roth writes about race is a little like asking if Jews are white. The answers-"yes,"...
Material Bodies and Performative Identities: Mona, Neil, and the Promised Land
Oh I'm looking for my missin' piece, I'm looking for my missin' piece. Hi-deeho, here I go, Lookin' for my missin' piece.-Shel Silverstein, The Missing Piece (1976)In Shel Silverstein's beloved children's classic, a circle with a wedge missing goes on...
Reading the Human Stain through Charles W. Chesnutt: The Genre of the Passing Novel
Philip Roth's The Human Stain was published in 2000, the year I was on sabbatical writing my book, Whiteness in the Novels of Charles W. Chesnutt. At the time, and even more subsequently, I was struck by the surprising continuities between the passing...
Shades of Passing: Teaching and Interrogating Identity in Roth's the Human Stain and Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby
The notion of passing in American literature has an extended and complicated history. As one looks at the various ways American authors have dealt with the issue of passing and how this phenomenon manifests itself in literary characters, it is clear...
Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America
Eric J. Sundquist. Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America. Cambridge: Belknap-Harvard UP, 2005. 645 pp. $35.00.While the often tense relationship between African Americans and Jews has received much attention during the past decade...
The Whitening of the Jews and the Changing Face of Newark
In Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race, Matthew Frye Jacobson writes that race is a social construction based on a given historical context and demonstrates the shift in this construction beginning with the year...
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