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Tytuł: Childhood memories in three novels by Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint, The Plot Against America, and American Pastoral as pivotal components of the protagonists’ identities
Autorzy: Kubiak, Stefan
Słowa kluczowe: childhood
Jewish identity
Philip Roth
Data wydania: 2016
Data dodania: 23-lis-2017
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 14 (3/2016), pp. 46-56
Abstrakt: The objective of the paper is to discuss Philip Roth’s approach to the Jewish community in Newark, where he spent his childhood and where he chose to set several of his novels. Roth’s narrations referring to his hometown are written in the first person singular and often take the form of childhood memories. The persistent return to the settings of the Jewish quarter of Newark in the past seems an attempt at understanding the reality of a relatively closed community, yet far from isolation, which provided him with all the elements determining his complex sense of identity. Despite the various grades of fictitiousness of the characters and settings, the narrating protagonist of a number of Roth’s novels is usually a Jewish schoolboy born and brought up in Newark. The paper includes short analyses of “Jewish memories” in three novels by Philip Roth: The Plot Against America, where the narrator is called Philip Roth but the circumstances are elements of pure political/historical fiction, American Pastoral, where the speaker is Nathan Zuckerman, Roth’s frequent alter ego, and Portnoy’s Complaint, narrated by the fictitious Alexander Portnoy. Being both American and Jewish has considerable implications, which include, for example, the characters’ sexuality. The image of the childhood and adolescence of Roth’s protagonists seems not only an obsessive theme to be found in so many of his texts, but also the core of the intellectual construct which may be recognized as his sense of identity.
Afiliacja: University of Białystok
Nota biograficzna: Stefan Kubiak is a PhD student and teacher in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Białystok, where he provides instruction in practical English and academic writing. He obtained his Master’s degree in history in 1991 from the University of Łódź and his MA in English from the University of Białystok in 2001. Having worked with several schools and educational institutions, he began his cooperation with the University of Białystok in 2007.
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2016.14.3.05
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Artykuły naukowe (WFil)
Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2016, Issue 14

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