Portnoy's Complaint


Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409040755

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Pulitzer award-winning author Philip Roth’s iconic and sensational novel about sex, psychoanalysis and growing up 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. Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2019, Portnoy’s Complaint, arguably Philip Roth’s best-known novel, 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. ‘The most outrageously funny book about sex written...Portnoy's Complaint is still a masterclass in how to get beneath the skin of sexuality. Has any other novel managed it quite so well?’ Guardian

Part Blood, Part Ketchup

Coming of Age in American Literature and Film


Author: Karen R. Tolchin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739114377

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 127

View: 5598

Analyzes novels by 20th century authors - Edith Wharton, J D Salinger, Philip Roth, John Irving, and Jamaica Kincaid, looking at the trends that obliterate cultural divides.

"Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth

An analysis


Author: Marijke Eggert

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656254796

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 9

View: 5400

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Flensburg (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Introduction to American Literature, language: English, abstract: In this short analysis of the book "Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth the following topics are included: 1. Summary of the book 2. Short characterizations of the main characters (Alexander Protnoy, Sophie Protnoy, Jack Portnoy) 3. The Function of the beginning of Portnoy's Complaint 4. Portnoy's Complaint - A Jewish-American Novel.

The Politics of Sex

Prostitution and Pornography in Australia Since 1945


Author: Barbara Sullivan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521556309

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 3804

This book is broad in scope, tracing the sex industry from a time of prohibition to the present period of legalised prostitution and the proliferation of pornography in print, on video and on the Internet. It cogently presents all sides of a complex and changing debate and will be invaluable to readers and policy-makers in politics, sociology, law and women's studies.

Eros and the Jews

From Biblical Israel to Contemporary America


Author: David Biale

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520920064

Category: Religion

Page: 334

View: 4555

Contradictory stereotypes about Jewish sexuality pervade modern culture, from Lenny Bruce's hip eroticism to Woody Allen's little man with the big libido (and even bigger sexual neurosis). Does Judaism in fact liberate or repress sexual desire? David Biale does much more than answer that question as he traces Judaism's evolving position on sexuality, from the Bible and Talmud to Zionism up through American attitudes today. What he finds is a persistent conflict between asceticism and gratification, between procreation and pleasure. From the period of the Talmud onward, Biale says, Jewish culture continually struggled with sexual abstinence, attempting to incorporate the virtues of celibacy, as it absorbed them from Greco-Roman and Christian cultures, within a theology of procreation. He explores both the canonical writings of male authorities and the alternative voices of women, drawing from a fascinating range of sources that includes the Book of Ruth, Yiddish literature, the memoirs of the founders of Zionism, and the films of Woody Allen. Biale's historical reconstruction of Jewish sexuality sees the present through the past and the past through the present. He discovers an erotic tradition that is not dogmatic, but a record of real people struggling with questions that have challenged every human culture, and that have relevance for the dilemmas of both Jews and non-Jews today.

Of Huck and Alice

Humorous Writing in American Literature


Author: Neil Schmitz

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816611560

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 7821

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 Major Phases of Philip Roth


Author: David Gooblar

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441103112

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 4034

An excellent account and reflection on each diverse stage of Philip Roth's 50-year career.

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, M


Author: Pamela Dear

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787632120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 475

View: 9896

This volume of Contemporary Authors® New Revision Series brings you up-to-date information on approximately 250 writers. Editors have scoured dozens of leading journals, magazines, newspapers and online sources in search of the latest news and criticism.

Philip Roth and the Jews


Author: Alan Cooper

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791499642

Category: History

Page: 319

View: 8168

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.