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Mocking the Age: The Later Novels of Philip Roth (S U N Y Series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture)

Safer, Elaine B.

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ISBN 10: 0791467090 / ISBN 13: 9780791467091
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Explores the comic devices Roth uses to satirize his times, the Jewish community, and himself.

From the Back Cover: The first comprehensive assessment of Philip Rothís later novels, Mocking the Age offers rich and insightful readings that explore how these extraordinary works satirize our contemporary culture. From The Ghost Writer to The Plot Against America, Roth uses humor to address deadly serious matters, including social and political issues, psychological problems, postmodern concerns, and the absurd. In her clear and extensive analyses of these works, Elaine B. Safer looks at how Rothís approach to the comic incorporates the self-deprecating humor of Jewish comedians, as well as the humor of nineteenth-century Eastern European Jewish storytellers and such twentieth-century writers as Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow. Filling the void on critical examinations of Rothís later work, Saferís book provides a thorough appraisal of Rothís lifetime accomplishment and an essential evaluation of his comic genius.

"Saferís treatment is a reflection of her deep and meticulously researched involvement with Roth and her obvious desire to do justice to him. This book will stand for years to come as the definitive work on the later novels of Philip Roth." - Daniel Walden, editor of Twentieth-Century American-Jewish Fiction Writers

"Safer explores the relation of humor to theme, form, and narration in ways that are consistently intelligent, illuminating, and interesting. She draws easily and gracefully on contemporary and nineteenth-century American fiction, on the wide critical response to Rothís work, and on other historical and philosophical texts that explain Rothís texts and methods." - Judith Yaross Lee, author of Defining New Yorker Humor

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