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. 7, No. 2, Fall

Annual Bibliography of Philip Roth Criticism and Resources-2010
What follows is a bibliography of Philip Roth-related texts published during 2010, including primary works by and interviews with Roth, critical works (books, book chapters, and journal essays), book reviews and media profiles, doctoral dissertations,...
Arthur Koestler and Meyer Levin: The Trivial, the Tragic, and Rationalization Post Factum in Roth's "Eli, the Fanatic"
This study explores Roth's "Eli, the Fanatic" (1957) in the context of the first of Meyer Levin's autobiographies, In Search (1950), and of historian and novelist Arthur Koestler's Promise to Fulfilment: Palestine 1917-1949 (1949). Building on recent...
Contemporary American Fiction
David Brauner. Contemporary American Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2010. vii + 236 pp. $90.00/$30.00.In many ways, David Brauner's most recent book picks up where he left off in 2007's Philip Roth. In that earlier publication, Brauner placed Roth's...
Contemporary American Fiction and the Confluence of Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and John Updike: A Roundtable Discussion
At the twenty-first annual American Literature Association Conference in 2010, held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco's Embarcadero Center, representatives from the Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and John Updike Societies...
Editor's Column
At the risk of sounding grandiose, this is perhaps the most ambitious issue of Philip Roth Studies we have ever published. In addition to the critical essays and the book reviews that normally characterize every volume, we are also featuring in this...
Framing the Cusp of Celebrity: Bob Peterson's 1968 Photographs of Philip Roth
In 1968, Bob Peterson was a freelance photographer for Life Magazine. He was an eager and up-and-coming shutterbug specializing in personality profiles of celebrities, although we was never the kind of person to be star-struck by the famous and wealthy....
Philip Roth's Postmodern American Romance: Critical Essays on Selected Works
Jane Statlander. Philip Roth's Postmodern American Romance: Critical Essays on Selected Works. New York: Peter Lang, 2010. 120 pp. $62.95/£36.50.Jane Statlander's new book, Philip Roth's Postmodern American Romance constitutes the latest in a succession...
Putting a Finger on That Hollow Emptiness in Roth's Indignation
There are a number of emotions which guide our lives, and roughly you can divide them into those that are repressive and those that are expansive. Repressive emotions are cruelty, fear, jealousy; expansive emotions are such as hope, love of art, impulse...
Saul Bellow: Letters
Saul Bellow: Letters. Edited by Benjamin Taylor. Viking: New York, 2010. xxxvi + 571 pp. $35.00.Readers long familiar with the distinctive polyphony of the Bellovian American urban voice are well acquainted with its wacky compound of ancient Hebrew,...
The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction since 1980
Patrick O'Donnell. The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. xi + 234 pp. $89.95/$39.95.How does one begin to account for the production and development of American literature...
The Global Remapping of American Literature
Paul Giles. The Global Remapping of American Literature. New Jersey: Princeton UP, 2010. 340 pp. $39.50.No one knows more about American literature than Paul Giles. Giles's encyclopedic range, though, gets diffused early on in this book amidst what he...
The Sense of an Ending: Alternative History in Philip Roth's the Plot against America
American historiography and American fiction [ . . . ] they're are both artificial; both are forms of literature, and I would suggest further that American history grows primarily out of the same attitudes of mind, and attitudes toward chronology, which...
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