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. 4, No. 1, Spring

Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life
Philip Davis. Bernard Malamud A Writers Life. New York: Oxford UP, 2007. 377+xxiipp. $34.95.Philip Davis has written the first full-length biography of Bernard Malamud, a work long overdue for a writer the stature of Malamud, who died in 1986. Davis...
Black-Jewish Doubling in the Tenants and the Human Stain
To juxtapose Bernard Malamud's The Tenants (1971) and Philip Roth's The Human Stain (2001) reveals their remarkable parallel construction and purpose. Both authors create doubles of themselves; Malamud invents Harry Lesser, a nominally Jewish writer...
Editor's Note
With this issue of Philip Roth Studies we begin a partnership with Purdue University Press, who now becomes our new publisher. Over the past three years with our previous publisher, we have enjoyed a successful run with the journal, offering a wide variety...
Imagining the Perverse: Bernard Malamud's the Fixer and Philip Roth's the Plot against America
With certain minds, under certain conditions, it \perverseness] becomes absolutely irresistible. I am not more certain that I breathe, than the assurance of the wrong or error of any action is often the one unconquerable force which impels us, and alone...
Introduction
What brings Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud together under the cover of a special issue of Philip Roth Studies*. Certainly Roth and Malamud comprise two of the diree bastions of post-World War II American Jewish literary culture, spokespersons for the...
Mentoring American Jews in Fiction by Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth
Writing in a countercurrent to the literary vogue that denies the idea of meaning in life and art, Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth oppose the view of history as an unintelligible flux of phenomena, rejecting the view that efforts of the imagination to...
My Father Is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud
Janna Malamud Smith. My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Mahmud. Boston: Houghton, 2006. 292+xi pp. $24.00/$ 14.95.Janna Malamud Smith's new book-length memoir of her father, Bernard Malamud, is first and foremost an acknowledgement of her family...
Roth on Malamud: From the Ghost Writer to a Post-Mortem
"Vahaftah lrechacha kamocha," "Thou shah love thy neighbor as thyself."-Leviticus 19.18"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."-Rabbi HillelFrom the beginning, Rabbi Hillel's Torah-based philosophy, guided the pen of one of America's most...
"The Artifice of Eternity": The Nude as Topos in Bernard Malamud's "Naked Nude" and Philip Roth's the Dying Animal
Consume my heart away; sick with desireAnd fastened to a dying animalIt knows not what it is; and gather meInto the artifice of eternity.- "Sailing to Byzantium," William Butler YeatsNew York City, the locale of Philip Roth's 7Af Dying Animal (2001),...
The Naiveté of Malamud's Calvin Cohn and Roth's Seymour "Swede" Levov: Comic, Ironic, or Tragic?
Henri Bergson once said, "A comic character is generally comic in proportion to his ignorance of himself. [. . .] He becomes invisible to himself while remaining visible to all the world" (71). This is particularly true for Malamud's Calvin Cohn in God's...
When in Rome: Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint and Bernard Malamud's Pictures of Fidelman
Since the nineteenth century, American writers including Hawthorne, Twain, James, Wharton, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, and Heller have been discovering Rome, and discovering American identity by having American characters encounter the Romans. Writes William...
Wrestling with the Angel and the Law, or the Critique of Identity: The Demjanjuk Trial, Operation Shylock: A Confession, and "Angel Levine"
Perhaps in the case of Primo Levi, a life of communal interconnectedness, along with his masterpiece on Auschwitz, constitutes his profoundly civilized and spirited response to those who did all they could to sever his every sustained connection and...
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