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

"Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth

An analysis


Author: Marijke Eggert

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656254796

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 9

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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.

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: 2016

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.

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: 7596

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.

Conversations with Tom Wolfe


Author: Tom Wolfe

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878054275

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

View: 6140

Gathers interviews with Tom Wolfe from each period of his career and offers a brief profile of his life and accomplishments

The Major Phases of Philip Roth


Author: David Gooblar

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441103112

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 2382

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

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: 2599

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.

Philip Roth and the Jews


Author: Alan Cooper

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791499642

Category: History

Page: 319

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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.

Witness from the Pulpit

Topical Sermons, 1933-1980


Author: Harold I. Saperstein,Marc Saperstein

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739102596

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 6920

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.