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. 6, No. 1, Spring

Call It English: The Languages of Jewish American Literature
Hana Wirth-Nesher. Call It English: The Languages of Jewish American Literature. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006. 240 pp. $46.00/$22.95.This is a wide-ranging, subtle study of how three Jewish languages - Yiddish, Hebrew and Aramaic - inform the writing...
Editor's Column
Philip Roth has had his share of troubles when it comes to women, at least the fictional kind. In the early decades of his career, he was accused by many readers of stacking the deck against his female characters, contorting women's issues, and even...
In Memoriam: Ben Siegel, 1925-2010
I first met Ben Siegel in May 2002. I was attending my first American Literature Association Conference, that year being held in Long Beach, CA, and during that event I went out of my way to introduce myself. At die time I was just two years out of graduate...
Jews of Weequahic
Linda Forgosh. Jews ofWeequahic. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2008. 127 pp. $19.99.Ikey, Mikey, Jake and SamWe're the boys who eat no ham,We play football, we play soccer -And we keep matzohs in our locker!Aye, aye, aye, Weequahic High! (Roth, Portnoy 56)Chanted...
Merry Levov's BLT Crusade: Food-Fueled Revolt in Roth's American Pastoral
"[Cjoncentrating on her BLT as fixedly as her mother's livestock focusing on the fodder at the trough [...] gave her courage to go on alone. [...] By the time she left Chicago she had discovered she no longer needed a home."- Philip Roth, American Pastoral"[F]ood...
Mistaking Merry: Tearing off the Veil in American Pastoral
At the close of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage, Todd Gidin writes, "Any finality I can imagine for this book seems false, for I write not just about history but imprisoned within it, enclosed within die aftermaths of the Sixties, trying to...
Reading the Body in Philip Roth's American Pastoral
As the first in Philip Roth's best-selling American Trilogy and a Pulitzer Prize winner, American Pastoral (1997) has received a great deal of critical attention in the thirteen years since its publication. While critics have studied this novel for its...
Rhetoric and Fascism in Jack London's the Iron Heel, Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here, and Philip Roth's the Plot against America
In 1 939 Kennedi Burke published "The Rhetoric of Hitler's Battle" in the Southern Review. This essay appeared before many Americans understood much about what was happening in Germany, and it clearly explained, through a rhetorical analysis of ??? Kampf,...
Second Arrivals: Landscape and Belonging in Contemporary Writing of the Americas
Sarah Phillips Casteel. Second ArrivaU: Landscape and Behnging in Contemporary Writing of the Americas. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2007. ? + 256 pp. $59.00/$22.50.In Philip Roth's American Pastoral (1997), when Seymour "The Swede" Levov moves...
The Woman of Ressentiment in When She Was Good
When She Was Good (1967) was published five years before Irving Howe and Norman Podhoretz used the pages of Commentary to attack Philip Roth as an arrogant iconoclast, determined to destroy both Jewish and American literary high culture with the force...
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