Portnoy s Complaint

The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth's masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named ...

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307744051

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The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth's masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named Alexander Portnoy. 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. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The Puzzled Penis," Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.

Portnoy s Complaint by Philip Roth

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: ...

Author: Marijke Eggert

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656254796

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.

LIFE

PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT When it was announced that they were going to make
a movie of Portnoy's Complaint I couldn't imagine why anyone would bother. Now
I've seen the results and I still can't. For there is literally no audience for such a ...

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There hasn't been such a scandal since they made Peyton Place over in
Woodstock, Vermont. Offhand, it is hard to imagine a less likely location for
Portnoy's Complaint than the state of Vermont, where there probably isn't even
one kosher ...

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New York Magazine

Portnoy". s. Complaint. ". . . It's not easy for an author who. "Why don't you speak
to some of my real close friends," suggests Philip Roth to help the reporter ... The
result, Portnoy's Complaint, does for masturbation what Jurgen did for coitus.

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Philip Roth

Also see Gershom Scholem in Melody Barron, “Philip Roth: Life in the Shadow of
Portnoy,” The Librarians, National ... Another hostile reaction was that of Saul
Maloff in Commonweal: Portnoy's Complaint is “a desperately dirty novel; and
that, ...

Author: Ira Nadel

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199846103

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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This new biography of the controversial, influential, and prize-winning American novelist Philip Roth, a writer with an international reputation for inventive, original novels from Portnoy's Complaint to American Pastoral and The Plot Against America, is based on new access to archival documents and new interviews with Roth's friends and associates.

Aggressive Fictions

Self-Centered Complaint: Portnoy's Complaint, Don Quixote, Pussy, King of the
Pirates The very title of Portnoy's Complaint tells us what to expect in general
tone. Through the narrative situation of Portnoy's talking to a psychoanalyst,
Philip ...

Author: Kathryn Hume

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462878

Category: Literary Criticism

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A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom. Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, and Don DeLillo's Underworld seem determined to upset, disgust, or annoy their readers—or to disorient them by shunning traditional plot patterns and character development. Kathryn Hume calls such works "aggressive fiction." Why would authors risk alienating their readers—and why should readers persevere? Looking beyond the theory-based justifications that critics often provide for such fiction, Hume offers a commonsense guide for the average reader who wants to better understand and appreciate books that might otherwise seem difficult to enjoy. In her reliable and sympathetic guide, Hume considers roughly forty works of recent American fiction, including books by William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Chuck Palahniuk, and Cormac McCarthy. Hume gathers "attacks" on the reader into categories based on narrative structure and content. Writers of some aggressive fictions may wish to frustrate easy interpretation or criticism. Others may try to induce certain responses in readers. Extreme content deployed as a tactic for distancing and alienating can actually produce a contradictory effect: for readers who learn to relax and go with the flow, the result may well be exhilaration rather than revulsion.

Promiscuous

What about this book inspired Richard Lacayo of Time to describe it as “a literary instance of shock and awe,” and the Modern Library to list it among the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century?

Author: Bernard Avishai

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300178115

Category: Literary Criticism

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The publication of Portnoy’s Complaint in 1969 provoked instant, powerful reactions. It blasted Philip Roth into international fame, subjected him to unrelenting personal scrutiny and conjecture, and shocked legions of readers—some delighted, others appalled. Portnoy and other main characters became instant archetypes, and Roth himself became a touchstone for conflicting attitudes toward sexual liberation, Jewish power, political correctness, Freudian language, and bourgeois disgust. What about this book inspired Richard Lacayo of Time to describe it as “a literary instance of shock and awe,” and the Modern Library to list it among the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century? Bernard Avishai offers a witty exploration of Roth’s satiric masterpiece, based on the prolific novelist's own writings, teaching notes, and personal interviews. In addition to discussing the book’s timing, rhetorical gambit, and sheer virtuousity, Avishai includes a chapter on the Jewish community’s outrage over the book and how Roth survived it, and another on the author’s scorching treatment of psychoanalysis. Avishai shows that Roth’s irreverent novel left us questioning who, or what, was the object of the satire. Hilariously, it proved the serious ways we construct fictions about ourselves and others.

Philip Roth s Portnoy s Complaint

Presents critical, biographical and bibliograpical information on this major work.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 9780791075821

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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- Presents the most important 20th century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature - The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism - Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - Introductory essay by Harold Bloom"

Chronicles

oed Morse's condemnation ; some Portnoy's mouth quickly lose their dra writer
whose " relation to the mainbluntly insisted that with Portnoy's matic impact and
begin to grate . It is , stream of American culture , in its Complaint Roth had ...

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Israel Magazine

I am , of course , referring to a specific happening , a definite best - seller , the
masterpiece entitled PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT . I do not deny it is a masterpiece
, and in fact I can clāim to have recognized it as such before anybody else . Why
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Literature and Psychology

23 of Portnoy that his pains meaning of “ illness , " but it still carries the arise out
of his refusal to be bound any older connotation ... David Kepesh makes his
complaint not Some joke . ? on his analyst's couch but in bed with his Since
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Catholic World

BOOKS Barry Wallenstein PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth Random
House . $ 6.95 Philip Roth's third novel , When She Was Good , seemed an
advance over the sprawling Letting Go . Its non - Jewish subject matter implied a
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Conversions and Counter narratives

Especially The Facts disappointed his readers in its delivery of a “ good boy " -
image that lacked any of the nasty fun that the first person confessional Portnoy's
Complaint had promised . The confusion over fiction and non - fiction extends to ...

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Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

Some critics of Roth are of the view that Portnoy is a comic figure , a typical
schlemiel found frequently in the twentieth ... Tony Tanner is of the opinion that in
Portnoy's Complaint Roth's interest in the social scene and his feeling for the ...

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Nation

PHILIP ROTH : Portnoy's Complaint . Random House , $ U.S . 6.95 . а an cover
PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT has been such a success in the U.S. that it has already
sired a parody , Peabody's Complaint : “ With this selfmocking yet strangely ...

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Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality

PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT : A view from behind the couch " My wife fell overboard
... yesterday . ... A. KAPLAN , M.D. Few novels in recent years have excited as
much interest , prurient or other , as has Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint .

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Saturday Review

SR REVIEWS Films Portnoy Has His Complaint . I Have Mine BY ARTHUR
KNIGHT ever . There were those who said you could never make a movie out of
Portnoy's Complaint , and now that I've seen the film I'd say they were quite right .

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Punch

B O K S Stanley REYNOLDS Job's Complaint novel a mention in The Sunday
Times ? Can you imagine Portnoy's Complaint or , as it is called in the
Zuckerman novels , Carnovsky , even getting published in England ? And if it
were , they ...

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Culture Wars

His name was Alex Portnoy . Those who think I am overplaying the Messianic
nature of Alex Portnoy , successor of Sabbetai Sevi , for rhetorical effect would do
well to read Albert Goldman's review of Portnoy's Complaint in the February 7 ...

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