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Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (1995-2010) Hardcover – July 14, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1441185112 ISBN-10: 1441185119 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441185119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441185112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,793,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With an engaging combination of personal warmth and scholarly comprehensiveness, as well as an ear attuned to the poetics of prose, Aimee Pozorski expands the horizons of critical discourse by reading the masterpieces of Philip Roth's late period as excavations of 'the darker secrets of American identity,' going back as far as the Revolutionary War. A sophisticated grasp of the temporality of traumatic experience sustains Pozorski as she bears witness to the cultural wounds laid bare in Roth's work." —Peter L. Rudnytsky, Professor of English, University of Florida, USA, and author of Rescuing Psychoanalysis from Freud and Other Essays in Re-Vision (2011)


"In a superb reappraisal of Philip Roth's later works, Aimee Pozorski argues in Roth and Trauma that, since 1995, the novels have conveyed a deeply historical view of the United States. Roth and Trauma sweeps away narrow readings focused on Roth as a Jew, as a self-contemplating postmodernist, and as an American preoccupied solely with the anxieties of the late twentieth century. Through lively, astute close readings of Roth's novels, and informed by the insights of trauma theory, Pozorski uncovers compelling evidence that Roth's preoccupation with the unforeseen in the later fiction bears witness to how past American traumas live into the present. Roth's representations of traumatic American history, Pozorski finds, are rooted in the founding of the nation and the ongoing failure of America to fulfill ideals of freedom and democracy. This passionate book will fundamentally change the way general readers and scholars think about Roth as an American writer." — Debra Shostak, Professor of English, The College of Wooster, USA

"With her book Roth and Trauma, Aimee Pozorski raises the bar of Philip Roth studies. With detailed, penetrating, and vigorous readings of Roth's late fictions, she finds him to be a writer of broad sympathy, conceptual subtlety, and historical depth, whose instincts for American history are founded on extensive research. Her book is as insistent, passionate, and political as the Roth novels she rereads for us. Roth and Trauma is as graciously written as it is powerfully conceived. It will be read, and it will make a difference." — Mark Shechner, Professor of English, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA


"In this original and engaging book, Aimee Pozorski opens up a fruitful new approach to Philip Roth's recent novels. She both puts Roth's oeuvre into dialogue with contemporary trauma theory and extends our sense of the historical reach and political promise of his late work. Roth and Trauma makes the provocative and convincing argument that we need to read beyond the events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and engage with American's traumatic origins if we want to understand the full significance of history in Roth's novels. Written in accessible and passionate prose, Pozorski's book will be of interest not only to admirers of Roth but also to students and scholars of trauma studies and contemporary literature." — Michael Rothberg, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, author of Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization


“With an engaging combination of personal warmth and scholarly comprehensiveness, as well as an ear attuned to the poetics of prose, Aimee Pozorski expands the horizons of critical discourse by reading the masterpieces of Philip Roth’s late period as excavations of 'the darker secrets of American identity,’ going back as far as the Revolutionary War. A sophisticated grasp of the temporality of traumatic experience sustains Pozorski as she bears witness to the cultural wounds laid bare in Roth’s work.” —Peter L. Rudnytsky, Professor of English, University of Florida, USA, and author of Rescuing Psychoanalysis from Freud and Other Essays in Re-Vision (2011)


"In a superb reappraisal of Philip Roth’s later works, Aimee Pozorski argues in Roth and Trauma that, since 1995, the novels have conveyed a deeply historical view of the United States. Roth and Trauma sweeps away narrow readings focused on Roth as a Jew, as a self-contemplating postmodernist, and as an American preoccupied solely with the anxieties of the late twentieth century. Through lively, astute close readings of Roth’s novels, and informed by the insights of trauma theory, Pozorski uncovers compelling evidence that Roth’s preoccupation with the unforeseen in the later fiction bears witness to how past American traumas live into the present. Roth’s representations of traumatic American history, Pozorski finds, are rooted in the founding of the nation and the ongoing failure of America to fulfill ideals of freedom and democracy. This passionate book will fundamentally change the way general readers and scholars think about Roth as an American writer." — Debra Shostak, Professor of English, The College of Wooster, USA

"With her book Roth and Trauma, Aimee Pozorski raises the bar of Philip Roth studies. With detailed, penetrating, and vigorous readings of Roth’s late fictions, she finds him to be a writer of broad sympathy, conceptual subtlety, and historical depth, whose instincts for American history are founded on extensive research. Her book is as insistent, passionate, and political as the Roth novels she rereads for us. Roth and Trauma is as graciously written as it is powerfully conceived. It will be read, and it will make a difference." — Mark Shechner, Professor of English, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA


"In this original and engaging book, Aimee Pozorski opens up a fruitful new approach to Philip Roth’s recent novels. She both puts Roth’s oeuvre into dialogue with contemporary trauma theory and extends our sense of the historical reach and political promise of his late work. Roth and Trauma makes the provocative and convincing argument that we need to read beyond the events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and engage with American’s traumatic origins if we want to understand the full significance of history in Roth’s novels. Written in accessible and passionate prose, Pozorski’s book will be of interest not only to admirers of Roth but also to students and scholars of trauma studies and contemporary literature." — Michael Rothberg, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, author of Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization

About the Author

Aimee Pozorski is Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, USA, where she teaches contemporary literature and trauma theory. She is the current President of The Philip Roth Society.

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