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After the End of History

Author : Samuel Cohen
Publisher : University of Iowa Press
Page : 248 pages
File Size : 14,43 MB
Release : 2009-10-01
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 1587298902


In this bold book, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and historical importance of the period between the fall of the Berlin wall and that of the Twin Towers in New York. With refreshing clarity, he examines six 1990s novels and two post-9/11 novels that explore the impact of the end of the Cold War: Pynchon's Mason & Dixon, Roth's American Pastoral, Morrison's Paradise, O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods, Didion's The Last Thing He Wanted, Eugenides's Middlesex, Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, and DeLillo's Underworld. Cohen emphasizes how these works reconnect the past to a present that is ironically keen on denying that connection. Exploring the ways ideas about paradise and pastoral, difference and exclusion, innocence and righteousness, triumph and trauma deform the stories Americans tell themselves about their nation’s past, After the End of History challenges us to reconsider these works in a new light, offering fresh, insightful readings of what are destined to be classic works of literature. At the same time, Cohen enters into the theoretical discussion about postmodern historical understanding. Throwing his hat in the ring with force and style, he confronts not only Francis Fukuyama’s triumphalist response to the fall of the Soviet Union but also the other literary and political “end of history” claims put forth by such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In a straightforward, affecting style, After the End of History offers us a new vision for the capabilities and confines of contemporary fiction.

Portnoy's Complaint

Author : Philip Roth
Publisher : Random House
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 11,47 MB
Release : 2010-09-07
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1409040755


'The most outrageously funny book about sex written' Guardian Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933-)]:A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Portnoy's Complaint tells the tale of young Jewish lawyer Alexander Portnoy and his scandalous sexual confessions to his psychiatrist. As narrated by Portnoy, he takes the reader on a journey through his childhood to adolescence to present day while articulating his sexual desire, frustration and neurosis in shockingly candid ways. Hysterically funny and daringly intimate, Portnoy's Complaint was an immediate bestseller upon its publication and elevated Roth to an international literary celebrity.

Humor, Satire, and Identity

Author : Jill E. Twark
Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
Page : 486 pages
File Size : 20,99 MB
Release : 2007
Category : German literature
ISBN : 9783110195996


Explores the Eastern German literary trend of the 1990s employing humor and satire to come to terms with socialism's failure and a difficult unification process. This title surveys ten novels including, works by Brussig, Schulze, and Hensel. These contemporary texts help define Germany today from a specific, East German perspective.

Of Huck and Alice

Author : Neil Schmitz
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
Page : 282 pages
File Size : 28,82 MB
Release : 1983
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 0816611564


Of Huck and Alice was first published in 1983. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Huck Finn and Alice B. Toklas allow Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein to slip away from the cramped and smothery intentions of proper writing. Like Krazy Kat, who transforms the hurt of Ignatz Mouse's brick into humorous bliss, Huck and Alice brilliantly misrepresent painful authority. As exemplars of humorous skepticism, Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein are at the center of this far-ranging book that begins with an examination of Jacksonian dialect humor, ends with an account of the humorous style in post-modern American fiction, and considers along the way the sweet parlance of Krazy Kat, the meaning of Harpo Marx's silence, and the iconicity of Woody Allen's face. Schmitz's analysis of the humorous style explores the texture of its language, discusses its preferred forms, and shows how the humorist frames his or her question within the text.

The Passing Game

Author : Warren Hoffman
Publisher : Syracuse University Press
Page : 232 pages
File Size : 19,45 MB
Release : 2008-11-03
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780815632023


Tony Kushner’s award-winning epic play Angels in America was remarkable not only for its sensitive engagement of Jewish-American and gay culture but also for bringing these themes to a mainstream audience. While the play represented a watershed in American theater and culture, it belies a hundred years of previous attention to queer Jewish identity in twentieth-century American literature, drama, and film. In The Passing Game, Warren Hoffman sheds light on this long history, taking up both Yiddish and English narratives that explore the tensions among Jewish identity, queer sexuality, performance, and American citizenship. With fresh insight Hoffman examines the 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, the cross-dressing films of Yiddish actress Molly Picon, and several short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. He also analyzes the English-language novels The Rise of David Levinsky (Abraham Cahan), Wasteland (Jo Sinclair), and Portnoy’s Complaint (Phillip Roth). Hoffman highlights the ways in which the characters in these canonical texts attempt to "pass" as white, straight, and American in the early and mid-twentieth century. This pioneering work is a welcome contribution to the study of Jewish American literature and culture.

The Politics of Sex

Author : Barbara Sullivan
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 292 pages
File Size : 40,85 MB
Release : 1997-09-07
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780521556309


This political history of the sex industry in Australia since World War II cogently presents all sides of a complex and changing debate.

Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth (Book Analysis)

Author : Bright Summaries
Publisher : BrightSummaries.com
Page : 24 pages
File Size : 30,30 MB
Release : 2018-05-07
Category : Study Aids
ISBN : 2808001908


Unlock the more straightforward side of Portnoy’s Complaint with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth, whose title refers to the insatiable sexual compulsions experienced by its protagonist. From the outside, Alexander Portnoy appears to live a charmed life: at the age of just 33 he is a brilliant thinker, a successful lawyer and the Assistant Commissioner for the City of New York Commission on Human Opportunity. However, this façade conceals a shameful secret: Portnoy has never felt able to live up to his overprotective parents’ impossible standards, and turns to uninhibited sexual encounters and compulsive masturbation as a form of release. The novel’s explicit sexual content shocked many readers when it was first published, but it is now widely considered to be one of the finest English-language books of the 20th century. Philip Roth is one of America’s most revered living writers, with a career spanning several decades and a host of literary awards to his name. Find out everything you need to know about Portnoy’s Complaint in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Witness from the Pulpit

Author : Harold I. Saperstein
Publisher : Lexington Books
Page : 394 pages
File Size : 16,96 MB
Release : 2001
Category : Jewish sermons, American
ISBN : 9780739102596


Harold I. Saperstein served as rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, N.Y., from 1933 until his retirement in 1980. The specific contours of his career reflect a sustained effort to use the pulpit of this suburban temple to communicate a Jewish perspective based on personal encounters with great issues of the day-including the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust, the civil rights era, the McCarthy era, and other turning points in American history. The fifty-two sermons in this book have been selected, introduced, and annotated by Marc Saperstein, whose award-winning books on the history of Jewish preaching have established him as a leading expert on this subject. No other book illustrates as effectively the value of the sermon as a resource for understanding the challenges faced by American Jews at some of the most dramatic moments in the turbulent history of this century.

Philip Roth and the Jews

Author : Alan Cooper
Publisher : State University of New York Press
Page : 336 pages
File Size : 29,64 MB
Release : 2012-02-01
Category : History
ISBN : 0791499642


Examines Philip Roth's use of Jewish ideas and materials in his novels, considering also the responses to Roth's work and his relations with the Jewish community and contemporary Jewish writers.

Philip Roth -- Countertexts, Counterlives

Author : Debra B. Shostak
Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
Page : 366 pages
File Size : 26,66 MB
Release : 2004
Category :
ISBN : 9781570035425


Looking at Philip Roth's writing life as a "book of voices," Debra Shostak listens in on the conversations that this prominent American novelist has conducted with himself and his times over forty years and twenty-four books. She finds that while Roth frequently shifts perspectives, he repeatedly returns to interrelated questions of cultural history, literary history, and, especially, selfhood.