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Pages: 220
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Edited by Aimee L. Pozorski
Contributions by Derek Royal; James Bloom; Ira Nadel; Miriam Jaffe Foger; Debra Shostak; Matthew Shipe; Maggie McKinley; Brett Ashley Kaplan; Nigel Rodenhurst and Mark Shechner
 
Literary Criticism | American / General
Lexington Books
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 earned her PHD in English from Emory University and is currently an 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 with Continuum entitled, Falling After 9-11: American Art and Literature in Crisis. She has co-edited with Miriam Jaffe-Foger the special issue of Philip Roth Studies entitled, “Mourning Zuckerman.” Her essays have appeared in such journals as The Hemingway Review, Paideuma, Philip Roth Studies, MELUS, PostModern Culture, and ANQ. She currently serves as President of the Philip Roth Society.
Contents
Acknowledgements
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 Bloom
Chapter 4: Philip Roth and Film
Ira Nadel
Chapter 5: Philip Roth: Death and Celebrity
Miriam Jaffe Foger
Chapter 6: “Into Thin Air”: Roth and Celebrity Selfhood
Debra Shostak
Chapter 7: Twilight of the Superheroes: Philip Roth, Celebrity, and the End of Print Culture
Matthew Shipe
Chapter 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 Kaplan
Chapter 10: Dis/simulation within Metafiction: Hiding and Disguising as Literary Compulsion in the Fiction of Philip Roth
Nigel Rodenhurst
Chapter 11:. Fanfare for Agoraphobia
Mark Shechner
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.
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