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. 8, No. 2, Fall

Aberrations of Mourning
Laurence A. Rickels. Aberrations of Mourning. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2011.vii + 409 pages. $25.Laurence Rickels writes in his preface that twenty-two years ago Aberrations of Mourning "was way ahead of its time" (vii) in the sense that this book...
Afterlives of Modernism: Liberalism, Transnationalism, and Political Critique
John Carlos Rowe. Afterlives of Modernism: Liberalism, Transnationalism, and Political Critique. Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2011. xiii+224 pp. $85 hardback. $35 paperback.In his most recent book, Afterlives of Modernism: Liberalism, Transnationalism...
Annual Bibliography of Philip Roth Criticism and Resources-2011
What follows is a bibliography of Philip Roth-related texts published during 2011, including primary works by and interviews with Roth, critical works (books, book chapters, and journal essays), book reviews and media profiles, doctoral dissertations,...
Before the Law: Operation Shylock: A Confession
Operation Shylock: A Confession's play on the confessional form creates a transformative space between fiction and fact, compelling the reader to keep actively searching for its place as a text and simultaneously raising the question of how to write...
Critical Companion to Philip Roth: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
Ira B. Nadel. Critical Companion to Philip Roth: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts on File, 2011. xi + 356 pp. $75.00.In his excellent new Critical Companion to Philip Roth, Ira Nadel is wise not to take Philip Roth's bait. In...
Editor's Column
The past two years have been fruitful ones for Roth studies. The amount of scholarship generated by Philip Roth's writings has increased significantly, as demonstrated not only within the pages of this journal, but in the abundant number of book chapters...
Et Si L'amour Durait
Alain Finkielkraut. Et si l'amour durait. Paris: Stock, 2011. 162 pp. euro17.00.In Et si l'amour durait, Alain Finkielkraut questions the nature of love by focusing on four authors, including Philip Roth. His brief foreword, "L'enfant de bohème est devenu...
History and the 'I' Trapped in the Middle: Negotiating the Past in Roth's the Ghost Writer and the Plot against America
"There is no way around it: You enter history through my history and me."-Nathan Zuckerman, The CounterlifeIn The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography, Philip Roth writes: "The willful amnesia that I generally came up against whenever I tried as a child...
Jewish Mischief in the Land of Pranks: The Mistranslation of Philip Roth's Operation Shylock into Hebrew1
Operation Shylock, a novel of considerable length, densely detailed with fantasies of espionage, identity theftand-as its name suggests-the cultural heritage of anti-Semitism, can also be divided into two parts, as Alan Cooper remarks in Philip Roth...
Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern
Neil R. Davison. Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern. New York: Routledge, 2010. 262 pp. $125.00.In Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern, Neil Davison explores how the intersections of race, religion,...
Living on the Edge: Deconstruction, the Limits of Readability, and Philip Roth's the Counterlife
In his review of Operation Shylock (1993), the final volume in the cycle of "Roth books" inaugurated by 1988's The Facts, John Updike identifies Philip Roth's role as a "working theorist of fictional reality" in the "post-Proust, postmodern, post-objective...
Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (1995-2010)
Aimee Pozorski. Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (1995-2010). New York: Continuum, 2011. xiv+192 pp. $100."Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history."-Abraham LincolnIn 1989, after being based in London for more than a decade,...
"That Butcher, Imagination": Arthur Koestler and the Bisociated Narration of Philip Roth's Indignation
Philip Roth's Indignation (2008) presents a number of challenges for readers since narrator Marcus Messner has been butchered on a Korean battle field and is in a drug-induced reverie. What initially and misleadingly seems to progress from conventional...
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