A Political Companion to Philip Roth

A Political Companion to Philip Roth

Political Companions to Great American Authors

Edited by Claudia Franziska Brühwiler and Lee Trepanier

Contributions by Claudia Franziska Brühwiler, Philip Roth, Aimee Pozorski, Claudia Franziska Brühwiler, Simon Stow, Michael G. Festl, Louis Gordon, Matthew Shipe, Till Kinzel, Yael Maurer, Debra Shostak, Brett Ashley Kaplan and Andy Connolly

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

298 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780813169286
  • Published: June 2017

$60.00

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Philip Roth is widely acknowledged as one of the twentieth century's most prolific and acclaimed writers. Roth's first novel, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), received the National Book Award, and he followed this stunning debut with more than thirty books -- earning another National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout his career, Roth delighted in controversy but often denied that he sought a role as a public intellectual. His statements and vigorous support of suppressed writers in communist Czechoslovakia, however, tell a different story.

In A Political Companion to Philip Roth, established and rising scholars explore the myriad political themes in the author's work. Several of the contributors examine Roth's writings on Jewish identity, Zionism, and American attitudes toward Israel, as well as the influence of his work in other countries. Others investigate Roth's articulation of the roles of gender and sexuality in US culture. This interdisciplinary examination offers a more complete portrait of Roth as a public intellectual and cultural icon. Not only will it fill a gap in scholarship, but it will also provide a broader perspective on the nature and purpose of the acclaimed writer's political thought.