Roth And Celebrity by Aimee L. PozorskiRoth And Celebrity by Aimee L. Pozorski

Roth And Celebrity

EditorAimee L. PozorskiContribution byDerek Royal, James Bloom

Paperback | May 23, 2014

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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.
Aimee Pozorski is associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University where she teaches contemporary American literature and trauma theory. She is the author of Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (1995-2010) which appeared with Continuum in 2011 and currently has a second book under contract w...
Title:Roth And CelebrityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.98 × 6.15 × 0.6 inPublished:May 23, 2014Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739197533

ISBN - 13:9780739197530


Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgments Chapter 1: Roth and Celebrity: An Introduction, Aimee Pozorski Chapter 2: Paying Attention to the Man behind the Curtain: Philip Roth and the Dynamics of Written and Unwritten Celebrity, Derek Royal Chapter 3: Philip Roth's Lover's Quarrel, James BloomChapter 4: Philip Roth and Film, Ira NadelChapter 5: Philip Roth: Death and Celebrity, Miriam Jaffe FogerChapter 6: "Into Thin Air": Roth and Celebrity Selfhood, Debra ShostakChapter 7: Twilight of the Superheroes: Philip Roth, Celebrity, and the End of Print Culture, Matthew ShipeChapter 8: "And now ... the feature attraction": Infamy, Vitality, and Performance in Sabbath's Theater, Maggie McKinley Chapter 9: Double Consciousness and the Jewish Heart of Darkness: The Counterlife and Operation Shylock, Brett Ashley KaplanChapter 10: Dis/simulation within Metafiction: Hiding and Disguising as Literary Compulsion in the Fiction of Philip Roth, Nigel RodenhurstChapter 11:. Fanfare for Agoraphobia, Mark Shechner

Editorial Reviews

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.