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. 1, Spring

Connections and Collisions: Identities in Contemporary Jewish American Women's Writing
Lois E. Rubin, ed. Connections and Collisions: Identities in Contemporary Jewish American Women's Writing. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005. 260 pp. $46.50.Connections and Collisions, edited by Lois E. Rubin, is a new collection of essays that focuses on...
Family Systems Theory as Literary Analysis: The Case of Philip Roth
Psychoanalytic theory has been more influential in literary studies than any other model of psychological inquiry. Although psychoanalysis' is by far the most prevalent school of psychology-both theoretical and clinical-in the West, there are perhaps...
F(r)ictions of Identity in the Human Stain
Some critics have noted that in the novels of the American trilogy-American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Communist (1998), and The Human Stain (2000)-there seems to be less emphasis on Jewishness than in earlier novels by Roth. In The Human Stain, many...
Philip Roth: Novels and Stories, 1959-1962 and Philip Roth: Novels, 1967-1972
Ross Miller, ed. Philip Roth: Novels and Stories, 1959-1962 and Philip Roth: Novels, 1967-1972. New York: Lib. of Amer., 2005. 960 pp. and 672 pp. $35.00 ea.The appearance of Philip Roth's collected works in the basic black of a Library of America edition...
Philip Roth's Pornographic Elegy: The Dying Animal as a Contemporary Meditation on Loss
In his 2000 study, Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation, Michael Rothberg suggests that, for Philip Roth, "there might be something pornographic about making images and ultimately commodities out of the Holocaust" (188; emphasis...
Public Exposure: Lelchuk's American Mischief and Ziff: A Life?
Public Exposure: Lelchuk's American Mischief and Ziff: A Life?Alan Lelchuk. American Mischief. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2004. 507 pp. $19.95.Alan Lelchuk. Ziff A Life? New York: Carroll, 2003 (2004 pb). ix + 409 pp. Cloth $25.00; pb $14.00."Catching...
Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth
Steven G. Kellman. Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth. New York: Norton, 2005. 371 pp. $25.95."I approach Henry Roth not as a puzzle to be solved but a mystery to be pondered," observes Steven G. Kellman (10) in his introduction, self-reflexively titled...
The Blood before the Stain: An Interview with Joel Rapp
When one thinks of film adaptations of Philip Roth's fiction, Larry Peerce's box office hit Goodbye, Columbus (1969), Robert Benson's stat-studded The Human Stain (2003), or even Ernest Lehman's (tragically) ill-conceived version of Portnoy's Complaint...
Walking Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis
Tim Parrish. Walking Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2001. 221 pp. $40.00.Tim Parrish's Walking Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis is an interesting book composed around a compelling argument....
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