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Jewish anxiety and the novels of Philip Roth

Author: Brett Ashley Kaplan
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth argues that Roth's novels teach us that Jewish anxiety stems not only from fear of victimization but also from fear of perpetration. It is impossible to think about Jewish victimization without thinking about the Holocaust; and it is impossible to think about the taboo question of Jewish perpetration without thinking about Israel. Roth's texts explore the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Philip Roth; Philip Roth; Philip Roth
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brett Ashley Kaplan
ISBN: 9781623562946 1623562945
OCLC Number: 889522462
Description: x, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Jewish Anxiety: "Goodbye Columbus," "Eli, The Fanatic," and Portnoy's Complaint --
Spectres of Roth: The Ghost Writer, Exit Ghost, and Zuckerman Unbound --
Double-Consciousness and the Jewish Heart of Darkness: The Counterlife and Operation Shylock --
The American Berserk: Sabbath's Theater and American Pastoral --
Playing it Any Way You Like: The Human Stain --
Counterfactual Terror: The Plot Against America --
Conclusionn: What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank.
Responsibility: Brett Ashley Kaplan.
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"Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth argues that Roth's novels teach us that Jewish anxiety stems not only from fear of victimization but also from fear of perpetration. It is impossible to think about Jewish victimization without thinking about the Holocaust; and it is impossible to think about the taboo question of Jewish perpetration without thinking about Israel. Roth's texts explore the Israel-Palestine question and the Holocaust with varying degrees of intensity but all his novels scrutinize perpetration and victimization through examining racism and sexism in America. Brett Ashley Kaplan uses Roth's novels as springboards to illuminate larger problems of victimization and perpetration; masculinity, femininity, and gender; racism and anti-Semitism. For if, as Kaplan argues, Jewish anxiety is not only about the fear of oppression, and we can begin to see how these anxieties function in terms of fears of perpetration, then perhaps we can begin to unpack the complicated dynamics around the line between the Holocaust and Israel-Palestine"--

"Uses Roth's novels as springboards to illuminate larger problematics of victimization, gender, racism and anti-Semitism"--

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In Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth, Brett Kaplan offers a timely reassessment of the notion of 'Jewish anxiety.' Roth's fiction, Kaplan brilliantly argues, exposes an essential Read more...

 
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