Roth and Celebrity (Hardback)
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Roth and Celebrity (Hardback)

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Hardback 220 Pages / Published: 20/09/2012
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Roth and Celebrity is composed of 10 original essays that consider the vexed and ambivalent relationship between Philip Roth and his own celebrity as revealed both in personal interviews as well as in the fiction that spans his publishing history. With its simultaneous interest in American popular culture and the work of the most important living American writer to-date, the collection will hold wide appeal to advanced readers in American studies, literary scholarship, and film.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739170618
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 21 mm


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Roth and Celebrity is a fascinating and varied collection of essays, exploring celebrity in relation to the literature and figure of Philip Roth. This book charts the theme, the allure, and the problem of celebrity in modern American culture as subjects that captivated Roth as a writer. At the same time, it examines Roth's own celebrity-as a young, prize-winning writer in the late 1950s, as the progenitor of the scandalous novel Portnoy's Complaint circa 1969 and then, in the 1990s and beyond, as an eminent American author. Roth and Celebrity is as much a contribution to scholarship as it is an accessible, lively introduction to Roth and his fiction. -- Michael Kimmage, The Catholic University of America
"Aimee Pozorski's Roth and Celebrity offers a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of Philip Roth's international literary celebrity through the lens of celebrity studies. Refreshingly original, this edited collection of essays that variously frames the American novelist's celebrity status in relation to film, journalism, postmodernism, print readership, performativity, alternative history, and post-traumatic experience brings in illuminating clarifications to our reading of the elusive author's life and work. Written in accessible and delightful prose, this superb study is likely to interest the intelligent lay reader as much as it would those with specialized reading interests. We should be thankful to Pozorski for providing incisive assessments of a relatively unexplored problematic in Roth studies." -- Gurumurthy Neelakantan, professor of English & Rahul and Namita Gautam Chair, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
In lively and informative essays, Roth and Celebrity thoughtfully explores the public and private personae of Philip Roth. In this collection, Aimee Pozorski has gathered together a striking variety of diverse voices and approaches to Roth's fiction that, taken together, illuminate the extraordinary range of the imagination. The focus on literary celebrity as a kind of fantasy in Roth's fiction captures the spectacle of the public and private self- its anxieties, impersonations, and counterlives- and, in doing so, situates Roth's remarkable career within the scope of American and Jewish writing. -- Victoria Aarons, Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature, Trinity University
Fully researched and highly readable, Roth and Celebrity gathers a host of first-class Roth scholars to explore the issue of celebrity both in Roth's life and works, in its many faceted aspects - public, private, fictional, self-reflective, invented, distorted. The book fills in a scholarly gap offering fresh readings of Roth's books on the backdrop of an all-American fascinating and ever-present theme. -- Pia Masiero, University of Venice, Ca' Foscari
This collection explores Philip Roth's work through the lens of celebrity studies. The field, a recent development in cultural studies, has particular relevance for Roth, who has appeared to struggle with issues of notoriety, celebrity, and privacy since the publication of Portnoy's Complaint in 1969. Pozorski (Central Connecticut State Univ.) is the author of Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (1955-2010) (2011) and the current president of the Philip Roth Society. Several of the essays she includes here provide nuanced analyses of the ways in which the biographical and the fictional appear to coalesce in and complicate Roth's work. Of particular value are Debra Shostak's essay on the trope of celebrity and the erasure of the private self; Matthew Shipe's analysis of works neglected by scholars, especially The Breast (1972); Maggie McKinley's exploration of celebrity and performance in Sabbath's Theater; and Brett Ashley Kaplan's expansive look at the way that the trope of the double, refracted through celebrity, functions in Roth's The Counterlife (1986) and Operation Shylock (1993). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *

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