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Mocking the age : the later novels of Philip Roth

Author: Elaine B Safer
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2006.
Series: SUNY series in modern Jewish literature and culture.
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"The first comprehensive assessment of Philip Roth's later novels, Mocking the Age offers insightful readings that explore how these works satirize our contemporary culture. From The Ghost Writer to The Plot Against America, Roth uses humor to address deadly serious matters, including social and political issues, psychological problems, postmodern concerns, and the absurd. In her clear and extensive analyses of  Read more...
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Named Person: Philip Roth; Philip Roth; Philip Roth
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine B Safer
ISBN: 0791467090 9780791467091 0791467104 9780791467107
OCLC Number: 60340803
Description: x, 219 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : sheer playfulness and deadly seriousness --
From The ghost writer to The counterlife : comic incongruity and the road to postmodernism --
Operation Shylock : the double, the comic and the quest for identity --
Sabbath's theater : Sabbath's fear of death--raunchy? picaresque? heroic? --
American pastoral : the tragicomic fall of Newark and the house of Levov --
I married a Communist : a grave misfortune replete with farce --
The human stain : comic irony and the lives of Coleman Silk --
The dying animal : pleasure is our subject --
The plot against America : paranoia or possibility? --
Conclusion : the farcical edge of suffering.
Series Title: SUNY series in modern Jewish literature and culture.
Responsibility: Elaine B. Safer.
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"The first comprehensive assessment of Philip Roth's later novels, Mocking the Age offers insightful readings that explore how these works satirize our contemporary culture. From The Ghost Writer to The Plot Against America, Roth uses humor to address deadly serious matters, including social and political issues, psychological problems, postmodern concerns, and the absurd. In her clear and extensive analyses of these works, Elaine B. Safer looks at how Roth's approach to the comic incorporates the self-deprecating humor of Jewish comedians, as well as the humor of nineteenth-century Eastern European Jewish storytellers and such twentieth-century writers as Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow. Filling the void on critical examinations of Roth's later work, Safer's book provides a thorough appraisal of Roth's lifetime accomplishment and an essential evaluation of his comic genius."--BOOK JACKET.

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