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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.001.0001

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Alan Cooper, Philip Roth and the Jews. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. xiv + 319 pp.

Alan Cooper, Philip Roth and the Jews. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. xiv + 319 pp.

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Alan Cooper, Philip Roth and the Jews. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. xiv + 319 pp.
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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999
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Hana Wirth-Nesher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0027

A review of the book, Philip Roth and the Jews by Alan Cooper is presented. Cooper tells an engaging story of a pioneering, courageous, prophetic hero — the writer Philip Roth — doomed to be misunderstood by his readers. Whereas Cooper's admiration, bordering on reverence, for Roth is endearing, his analyses are occasionally marred by this defensive posture. This book is largely a history of the reception of Roth's work, interspersed with summaries and interpretations of the novels as they enter into a dialogue with readers and critics. Its intention is clear: to vindicate Roth, to make a case for him not only as a moralist, but as a writer seriously wrestling with Jewish identity and contemporary Jewish civilization.

Keywords:   Jewish identity, Philip Roth, Jewish civilization

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