Portnoy s Complaint

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.

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

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Category: Fiction

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A New York lawyer, dominated by a demanding Jewish mother, plays out a sexual revenge in fact and fantasy.

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

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.

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

Page: 224

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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.


Portnoy s Complaint

And it is blessedly. extremely funny' Spectator Portnoy's Complaint n, [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )l A disorder in which strongly~felt ethical and ...

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

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. With a new Afterword by the author for the 25th Anniversary edition.

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9781417719136

Category: Fiction

Page: 289

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A New York lawyer, dominated by a demanding Jewish mother, plays out a sexual revenge in fact and fantasy

Portnoy s Complaint by Philip Roth Book Analysis

Unlock the more straightforward side of Portnoy’s Complaint with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808001908

Category: Study Aids

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Portnoy’s Complaint with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth, whose title refers to the insatiable sexual compulsions experienced by its protagonist. From the outside, Alexander Portnoy appears to live a charmed life: at the age of just 33 he is a brilliant thinker, a successful lawyer and the Assistant Commissioner for the City of New York Commission on Human Opportunity. However, this façade conceals a shameful secret: Portnoy has never felt able to live up to his overprotective parents’ impossible standards, and turns to uninhibited sexual encounters and compulsive masturbation as a form of release. The novel’s explicit sexual content shocked many readers when it was first published, but it is now widely considered to be one of the finest English-language books of the 20th century. Philip Roth is one of America’s most revered living writers, with a career spanning several decades and a host of literary awards to his name. Find out everything you need to know about Portnoy’s Complaint in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!






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

Page: 225

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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"

Philip Roth Countertexts Counterlives

Whereas the problem of visibility is a central trope in “ On the Air , ” the sound of a voice dominates the narrative of Portnoy's Complaint .

Author: Debra B. Shostak

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570035425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

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I think of my life as one long speech that I've been listening to... how to think, how not to think; how to behave, how not to behave... the book of my life is a book of voices, reflects Nathan Zuckerman, Philip Roth's alter ego, in I Married a Communist. Looking at Roth's writing life as a book of voices, Debra Shostak listens in on the conversations that this prominent American novelist has conducted with himself and his times over forty years and twenty-four books. She finds that while Roth frequently shifts perspectives, he repeatedly returns to interrelated questions of cultural history, literary history, and, especially, selfhood. fundamentally dialogical, Shostak follows the writer from his depictions of embodied, ethnically determined selves to his exploration of indeterminate selves revealed in the public spaces of confession and historical trauma. Shostak demonstrates that for Roth no perspective gains ascendancy over another, nor does he work the various viewpoints toward a synthesis. Instead, his countertexts simply talk to one another. For this reason Shostak does not treat Roth's canon chronologically but pursues a complex thematic investigation of the concerns that preoccupy Roth: masculinity, embodiment, male sexuality, Jewish American identity, the pressures of recent American history on the self, and storytelling as an act of both fictive imagination and quasi-autobiographical disclosure. fictions and memoirs intersect and cohere and where they depart from and disrupt one another. In addition to offering fresh, informed readings of Roth's work, Shostak provides new insights from the virtually untapped a rchives of the Philip Roth Collection at the Library of Congress.


Letting Go

When Gabe meets Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, she poses the greatest challenge that he, and his moral enthusiasm, will face. Letting Go is Philip Roth's blistering first full-length novel.

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446400328

Category: Fiction

Page: 640

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Gabe Wallach, freshly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother's recent death, and thus freed from old attachments, is hungrily seeking new ones. He's drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate in literature, and to Libby - Paul's moody, Catholic-turned-Jewish wife. Gabe wonders: how to reconcile the ordered 'world of feeling' found in books with the anarchy of life, responsible adulthood, and his own love affairs? When Gabe meets Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, she poses the greatest challenge that he, and his moral enthusiasm, will face. Letting Go is Philip Roth's blistering first full-length novel.

After the End of History

What is less apparent but no less important to Portnoy's Complaint is the literary revolt, one goal of which Roth himself described as “liberating me from ...

Author: Samuel Cohen

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587298902

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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In this bold book, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and historical importance of the period between the fall of the Berlin wall and that of the Twin Towers in New York. With refreshing clarity, he examines six 1990s novels and two post-9/11 novels that explore the impact of the end of the Cold War: Pynchon's Mason & Dixon, Roth's American Pastoral, Morrison's Paradise, O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods, Didion's The Last Thing He Wanted, Eugenides's Middlesex, Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, and DeLillo's Underworld. Cohen emphasizes how these works reconnect the past to a present that is ironically keen on denying that connection. Exploring the ways ideas about paradise and pastoral, difference and exclusion, innocence and righteousness, triumph and trauma deform the stories Americans tell themselves about their nation’s past, After the End of History challenges us to reconsider these works in a new light, offering fresh, insightful readings of what are destined to be classic works of literature. At the same time, Cohen enters into the theoretical discussion about postmodern historical understanding. Throwing his hat in the ring with force and style, he confronts not only Francis Fukuyama’s triumphalist response to the fall of the Soviet Union but also the other literary and political “end of history” claims put forth by such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In a straightforward, affecting style, After the End of History offers us a new vision for the capabilities and confines of contemporary fiction.



Of Huck and Alice

What comes next is Portnoy's discovery of her note, his appalled reading of dir. The humorous question reappears in Portnoy's Complaint, but at a distance, ...

Author: Neil Schmitz

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816611560

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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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.