American Pastoral

AMERICAN PAST OR AL In 1998 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American
Pastoral and he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2002
he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ...

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446400565

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Now a major motion picture based on Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece American Pastoral, starring Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly ‘Swede’ Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life sustained by his devoted family, his demanding yet highly rewarding (and lucrative) business, his sporting prowess, his good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until the sunny day in 1968, when the Swede’s bountiful American luck deserts him. The tragedy springs from devastatingly close to home. His adored daughter, Merry, has become a stranger to him, a fanatical teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism that plunges the Levov family into the political mayhem of sixties America, and drags them into the underbelly of a seemingly ascendant society. Rendered powerless by the shocking turn of events, the Swede can only watch as his pastoral idyll is methodically torn apart.

African American Pastoral Care

Using his own narrative, Wimberly courageously describes how pastors and
churches can claim a new narrative method or eestablishing the African
American village. His paradigm or African American pastoral theology is inspiring
. —HCMEF ...

Author: Edward P. Wimberly

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426729324

Category: Religion


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Respond to God's unfolding drama to bring healing and reconciliation. In this major revision of his classic book, Dr. Edward Wimberly updates his narrative methodology by examining current issues in African American pastoral care and counseling.

A Study Guide for Philip Roth s American Pastoral

Merry is an embodiment of their naïve political creed. Gentry, Marshall Bruce, "
Newark Maid Feminism in Philip Roth's American Pastoral," in Turning Up the
Flame: Philip Roth's Later Novels, edited by Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel,
University of ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410339807

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 28

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A Study Guide for Philip Roth's "American Pastoral," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Naomi of Ohio

DescriptionIn this historical novel the protagonist recounts her life, beginning in the simplicities of the Ohio frontier of 1820 and ending in Kansas in 1909 with the complexities of a newer one including railways and a hospital for the ...

Author: Wayne Pounds


ISBN: 9781722850500


Page: 172

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This book is a historical novel in which the protagonist recounts her life, begun in the simplicities of the Ohio frontier of 1820 and ending in Kansas in 1909 with the complexities of a newer world dominated by railways. Naomi is a strong-minded woman who has married three times but remains childless, devoting herself to raising the orphans she's adopted. The long journey of her life comes to an end when at the age of 80 in Jewell County, Kansas, she marries her third husband, a former cavalry soldier who still wears cavalry boots and keeps a sword-- and who has never taken orders from a woman. It's not that she means to give him orders, but he needs someone to tell him what to do and by God she's the woman to do it. The last chapter of the book is told from the third husband's point of view, that of a man whose personal trek began in New York state and passed through the Civil War. He suffers from epilepsy, a malady whose visionary ecstasies and maddening descents he is only beginning to understand. He recounts the final episodes in the lives of himself and Naomi, as on a dark night he picks up a symbolic sword of command and stops his wife's nagging once and for all. Found innocent by reason of insanity, he spends his last years in Parsons State Hospital in Labette County, Kansas, not far from where the notorious Bender family slew so many trusting travelers twenty years before. There at last he receives proper medication and struggles to understand the forces that have determined the chaos of his life.

Turning Up the Flame

The Critique of Utopia in Philip Roth's The Counterlife and American Pastoral
Andrew Gordon Some Versions Of Pastoral Is The Title Of A Critical Work By
William Empson, and Philip Roth, in at least two novels, The Counterlife (1986)
and ...

Author: Jay L. Halio

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874139020

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

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"The time would appear ripe then to take a closer look at Roth's more recent or "later" fiction. That is the intent of this gathering of critical essays. This is the only essay collection devoted primarily to Roth's fiction of the last two decades. It includes fourteen essays, written by some of the leading Roth specialists in this country and abroad."--BOOK JACKET.

Pastoral Pragmatism and Twentieth Century American Poetry

... from thefrontier rhetoric of the American pastoral. James, Dewey, andthe
Advent of Radical Thought The pragmatic method asdeveloped byWilliam James
andJohnDewey was crucialto theformation ofthemodern pastoral
poeticmodeinsofar ...

Author: A. Mikkelsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230117155

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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In the first expansive study of American pastoral since Leo Marx's The Machine in the Garden , Mikkelsen reinvigorates discussion of this literary mode as a form of cultural commentary whose subjects extend beyond the simple or rustic life to encompass the major social, economic, and political transformations of the past century.

The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth

It was followed in quick succession by American Pastoral (1997), I Married a
Communist (1998), The Human Stain (2000), and The Dying Animal (2001). If we
need an analogy to this collaboration of low spirits and high energy, this
clamorous ...

Author: Timothy Parrish

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139827936

Category: Literary Criticism


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From the moment that his debut book, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), won him the National Book Award, Philip Roth has been among the most influential and controversial writers of our age. Now the author of more than twenty novels, numerous stories, two memoirs, and two books of literary criticism, Roth has used his writing to continually reinvent himself and in doing so to remake the American literary landscape. This Companion provides the most comprehensive introduction to his works and thought in a collection of newly commissioned essays from distinguished scholars. Beginning with the urgency of Roth's early fiction and extending to the vitality of his most recent novels, these essays trace Roth's artistic engagement with questions about ethnic identity, postmodernism, Israel, the Holocaust, sexuality, and the human psyche itself. With its chronology and guide to further reading, this Companion will be essential for new and returning Roth readers, students and scholars.

Philip Roth

American Pastoral, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America Debra Shostak.
Part. III. The. Plot. Against. America. Introduction A pleasing symmetry exists in
Roth's sequence of American novels, especially if one stretches the American ...

Author: Debra Shostak

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826422276

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 185

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Classical Liberalism and the Jewish Tradition

Philip Roth has linked American Pastoral (1997) and / Married a Communist (
1998) as parallel demonstrations of how difficult it is to escape immersion in and
definition by one's historical moment, how easy to become a historical casualty.

Author: Edward Alexander

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412819756

Category: Philosophy

Page: 173

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The incongruence if not antagonism between modern liberalism and the Jewish sense of the world has been most notably articulated by Lionel Trilling. Certainly the imaginative limitations and intellectual smugness he discerned in his own ideological party found a parallel, in his view, in the embrace of liberalism by the American Jewish community. The consequences of that embrace entail both a superficial intellectual and religious culture and a misunderstanding of the social and political dimensions of Judaism. In Classical Liberalism and the Jewish Tradition, Edward Alexander engages in a wide-ranging exploration of the roots of the fundamental antagonism between liberalism and Jewish tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Central to Alexander's arguments is his incisive critique of the distortion of modern Judaism as a child of the Enlightenment and the notion that specifically Jewish concerns, whether with Zionism, the Holocaust, or sacred and secular writings, constitute a narrow and parochial betrayal of liberal interests. The chapters are divided among political, religious, and literary subjects. The opening chapter on Mill's ambivalent attitude toward the Jews establishes terms of conflict between Judaism and liberal secularism and universality as do chapters on the antisemitism of Thomas Arnold and Marx and the more ambiguous Jewish self-identification of Disraeli. Alexander examines such disparate topics as the hostility to the idea of a Jewish state on the part of numerous Israeli intellectuals, the disdain among liberals toward the specifically Jewish dimension of the Holocaust, and the capitulation of the Modern Language Association to the anti-Zionism of Edward Said. Turning to the uneasy status of Jewish religious texts and secular literature as sources of cultural revitalization, Alexander deals with the attempt by the Israeli scholar Adin Steinsaltz to bring the Talmud to the attention of contemporary Jewish readers and includes a chapter on his nineteenth-century precursor Emanuel Deutsch and his relationship to George Eliot. An analysis of Ruth Wisse's efforts to establish a modern Jewish literary canon is rounded out by chapters on two of the major figures of that canon: Isaac Bashevis Singer and Philip Roth. While diverse in subject matter, Classical Liberalism and the Jewish Tradition is consistent in its unapologetic advocacy of a Jewish point of view and in its depth of scholarship in tracing the historical roots of contemporary attitudes and ideologies.

Philip Roth

immediately leading up to the publication of Sabbath's Theater were not the
easiest for ...

Author: Derek Parker Royal

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275983635

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 303

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Offering fresh insight into Roth's works, this volume covers the entire oeuvre to date and addresses common themes and issues.

Encyclopedia of Jewish American Literature

American. Pastoral. 1997 Work Author: Philip Roth With the publication of
American Pastoral in 1997, Philip Roth moved away from fictional mirror games
of selfreflexivity (found in such works asThe Counterlife, Deception, and
Operation ...

Author: Alan L. Berger

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140614



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Presents a reference on Jewish American literature providing profiles of Jewish American writers and their works.

The City in African American Literature

Examining the classic literature written by mainstream American writers during
this crucial period from the 1840s to the early 1890s, one immediately becomes
... These texts written by white writers are mainly pastoral in outlook because they

Author: Yoshinobu Hakutani

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838635650

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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While one of the central drives in classic American letters has been a reflexive desire to move away from the complexity and supposed corruption of cities toward such idealized nonurban settings as Cooper's prairies, Thoreau's woods, Melville's seas, Whitman's open road, and Twain's river, nearly the opposite has been true in African-American letters. Indeed the main tradition of African-American literature has been, for the most part, strikingly positive in its vision of the city. Although never hesitant to criticize the negative aspects of city life, classic African-American writers have only rarely suggested that pastoral alternatives exist for African-Americans and have therefore celebrated in a great variety of ways the possibilities of urban living. For Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison, the city, despite its many problems, has been a place of deliverance and renewal. In the words of Alain Locke, the city provided "a new vision of opportunity" for African-Americans that could enable them to move from an enslaving "medieval" world to a modern world containing the possibility of liberation. More recent African-American literature has also been noteworthy for its largely affirmative vision of urban life. Amiri Baraka's 1981 essay "Black Literature and the Afro-American Nation: The Urban Voice" argues that, from the Harlem Renaissance onward, African-American literature has been "urban shaped," producing a uniquely "black urban consciousness." And Toni Morrison, although stressing that the American city in general has often induced a sense of alienation in many African-American writers, nevertheless adds that modern African-American literature is suffused with an "affection" for "the village within" the city. Gwendolyn Brook's poetry and Gloria Naylor's fiction, likewise, celebrate this sense of cultural unity in the black city. In addition to these writers, the sixteen new essays in this collection discuss the works of Claude McKay, William Attaway, Willard Motley, Ann Petry, John A. Williams, Charles Johnson, Samuel R. Delany, Ed Bullins, Adrienne Kennedy, and Lorraine Hansberry. The authors of these essays range from critics in America to those abroad, as well as from specialists in African-American literature to those in other fields.

Sport and the Literary Imagination

Chapter Five Men , ' A Boy ' s Game ' , and America : Richard Ford ' s The
Sportswriter and Philip Roth ' s American Pastoral It is often claimed that sport
exercises a greater influence in the American imagination than it does in the
European .

Author: Jeffrey Hill

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039107094

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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The development of sport in the twentieth century has been examined from a variety of angles. Rarely, though, has the work of the creative writer been considered in detail. This book directs its attention to this neglected area, examining a selection of novels in which the subject of sport has featured prominently. It highlights the ways in which novelists in the second half of the twentieth century have approached sport, explained its place in society, and through the sporting subject constructed a critique of the historical circumstances in which their narrative is set. The study therefore seeks to complement the increasing body of work on the representation of sport through such media as film, television, and autobiography. It also brings a fresh dimension to the use made by historians of literary sources, suggesting that creative fiction can be far more valuable as historical evidence than has customarily been acknowledged.

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

A second central text,the Dictionary of Pastoral Careand Counseling, 2 has the
same pattern.General articles defining thefield highlight only Euro
Americanleadersandcontexts. Inthese articles church refers to Euro American

Author: Loren L. Townsend

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 0687658357

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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An in-depth look at who pastoral caregivers are, what they do, and how and why they do it

Gloria Naylor

The African American pastoral is both part of, and counter to, what is generally
characterized as the southern pastoral. Toomer can be seen as heralding a
comprehensive pastoral vision in the African American expressive tradition.2 ...

Author: Shirley A. Stave

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780874137057

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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"This collection of essays treats Gloria Naylor's novels Mama Day and Bailey's Cafe, recognized by scholars and critics as her most significant works. Long understood to be a major African-American woman writer, Gloria Naylor is finally gaining recognition as a contemporary American writer who needs no qualifiers or adjectives before her name. One of the few critical studies of her work, this text represents the work of a group of scholars who are looking seriously and carefully at Naylor, attempting to determine her place, not within an intellectual tradition, but rather within several traditions."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

American Literature in Context after 1929

American Pastoral, set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, remembers the first-
and second-generation Jews who helped to establish Newark as a major
manufacturing center. The glove factory owned by the Levov family on which the
novel is ...

Author: Philip R. Yannella

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390438

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This book situates American literature from the Great Depression to the present day in its historical context Explores the issues that engaged American writers from 1929 to the present Draws on a range of documents from magazine and newspaper accounts to government reports and important non-fiction The book covers political ferment of the 1930s; post-World War II anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization and demographic change; juvenile delinquency, mental illness and the perception of the U.S. as a “sick” society; and post-1965 immigration Designed to be compatible with the major anthologies of literature from the period Equips students and general readers with the necessary historical context needed to understand the writings from this period and provides original and useful readings that demonstrate how context contributes to meaning Includes a historical timeline, featuring key literary works, American presidents, and historical events

The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America

Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (
New York, 1988). 19. E.g., Philip Roth's The Dying Animal (Boston, 2001). 20.
Timothy Parrish, “The End of Identity: Philip Roth's American Pastoral,” Shofar ...

Author: Marc Lee Raphael

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507062

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America. Beginning with six chronological survey essays, the collection builds with twelve topical essays focusing on a variety of important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience. The volume opens with early Jewish settlers (1654-1820), the expansion of Jewish life in America (1820-1901), the great wave of eastern European Jewish immigrants (1880-1924), the character of American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of Jews' influence and affluence. The second half of the book includes essays on the community of Orthodox Jews, the history of Jewish education in America, the rise of Jewish social clubs at the turn of the century, the history of southern and western Jewry, Jewish responses to Nazism and the Holocaust; feminism's confrontation with Judaism, and the eternal question of what defines American Jewish culture. The contributions of distinguished scholars seamlessly integrate recent scholarship. Endnotes provide the reader with access to the authors' research and sources. Comprehensive, original, and elegantly crafted, The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America not only introduces the student to this thrilling history but also provides new perspectives for the scholar. Contributors: Dianne Ashton (Rowan University), Mark K. Bauman (Atlanta Metropolitan College), Kimmy Caplan (Bar-Ilan University, Israel), Eli Faber (City University of New York), Eric L. Goldstein (University of Michigan), Jeffrey S. Gurock (Yeshiva University), Jenna Weissman Joselit (Princeton University), Melissa Klapper (Rowan University), Alan T. Levenson (Siegal College of Judaic Studies), Rafael Medoff (David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies), Pamela S. Nadell (American University), Riv-Ellen Prell (University of Minnesota), Linda S. Raphael (George Washington University), Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University), Michael E. Staub (City University of New York), William Toll (University of Oregon), Beth S. Wenger (University of Pennsylvania), Stephen J. Whitfield (Brandeis University)


Philip Roth's recent novel American Pastoral (1997) traces the success of a
schoolboy sports hero in taking over the business of his immigrant forefathers
and buying a farm 'five hilly miles' outside Old Rimrock village. A model of health,
wealth ...

Author: Terry Gifford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134755279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Pastoral is a succinct and up-to-date introductory text to the history, major writers and critical issues of this genre. Terry Gifford clarifies the different uses of pastoral covering: the history of the genre from its classical origins to Elizabethan drama, through eighteenth-century pastoral poetry to contemporary American nature writing the pastoral impulse of retreat and return, beginning with constructions of Arcadia and using a combination of close reading of quoted texts, cultural studies and eco-criticism post-pastoral texts with a look at writers, who Gifford argues, have discovered ways of reconnecting us with our natural environment.

Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care

North American pastoral counsellors, most notably Carl Rogers and Russell
Dicks, and psychotherapists such as John Bonnell, used the method of verbatim
recording of case interviews extensively, but in pastoral theology it was Seward ...

Author: John Swinton

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1846422183

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Written by significant researchers and practitioners within the field, this unique collection of key texts introduces the reader to practical theology. It critically explores the way in which the spiritual dimension of pastoral care has entered into constructive dialogue with other disciplines and ways of thinking, including: psychiatry, psychology, counselling, intercultural studies, educational methodology, narrative theory and political studies. Set within this multidisciplinary context, the individual contributions (a selection of articles from a leading journal of pastoral theology, Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies) cover a wide range of practical and theological issues that alert the reader to the spiritual dimension of pastoral care, such as bereavement, sexuality, ethics, learning disabilities, infertility, the meaning of pain, sickness and suffering and the nature of theology as a practical discipline. The book is an invaluable resource for practitioners, researchers, students and all who have an interest in the ways in which a spiritual dimension can enhance caring practices within a multidisciplinary context.

States of Trial

American Pastoral, the first of what is now known as the American Trilogy,
demonstrates Roth's highly fruitful turn towards ... The novel scrutinizes, and
finally dismisses, an ideology of America as a unified and ordered entity in which
the (male) ...

Author: Ann Basu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623562430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This study of five towering Philip Roth novels - Operation Shylock, the American Pastoral trilogy, and The Plot Against America - explores his vision of a turbulent post-war America personified in trial-racked Jewish American men. These works collectively register the impact of post-1945 upheavals upon the nation and American trial-based myths about wholesomeness and regeneration. Roth shows how the "stories of old" which moulded American self-making have produced disorderly and disruptive counter-stories, playing themselves out in Jewish men marked by spots and stains where their constitutional integrity has been infringed. Roth probes the nation's own constitutional testing points as he shatters the identities of characters such as fallen ace athlete Swede Levov and disgraced academic Coleman Silk. His books seek to strip away America's false innocence, demanding that historical accountability should replace myths of new beginnings. Creating arenas of trial for his American men where national discourses and narratives cross and clash, Roth's novels reveal that a culture equals its debates and allow us to see Americans and America as ongoing experiments, always being tested.