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Judging Jews in Zuckerman Bound
David Brauner

assumes the voice of his most recent girlfriend, Laura, in order to condemn his part in their recent split. Having persuasively presented the evidence of his own guilt, he comments that ‘[h]e could only hope that she wouldn’t be able to make the case against him as well as he himself could’ (248). 4 For a detailed discussion of the reception of these stories, see Roth’s essayWriting About Jews’ (Roth 2001a: 193–211). 5 In ‘Writing About Jews’, he quotes from a letter from an irate reader who sets Roth a series of questions about his story, ‘Epstein’, including: ‘“Is

in Philip Roth
Rewriting history and retreating from trauma in The Plot Against America
David Brauner

sections of The Counterlife, Roth has no more sought to combat anti-Semitism in his fiction than to fuel it, the accusations of some Jewish critics notwithstanding (Roth 2001b: 114). In his essayWriting About Jews’, written some forty years before the publication of The Plot Against America, Roth had suggested that ‘repeating . . . “It can happen here,” does little to prevent “it” from happening’ and in an interview with Alain Finkielkraut in 1981 he insisted that ‘however much I may loathe anti-Semitism . . . my job in a work of fiction is not to offer consolation to

in Philip Roth
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The years of radicalisation and consolidation
Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia, and Meesha Nehru

, Benedettii observed that essay-writing was comparatively weak in Cuba (Benedetti, 1971: 26). The question of political awareness was, however, fundamental, and Portuondo, unsurprisingly, stressed the duties and rigour demanded of the ‘new critic’, starting with the perennial need for self-criticism: 1961–89: Radicalisation and consolidation 93 Mantener, sin perjuicio de esta absoluta libertad de ensayo y de búsqueda, de creación, y precisamente como acicate a la misma, una constante actitud criticista, favoreciendo la labor de los críticos y sometiendo esta misma al

in Literary culture in Cuba
Generic experimentation in My Life as a Man, The Counterlife, The Facts, Deception and Operation Shylock
David Brauner

1960 essayWriting American Fiction’, on the extraordinary improbability of reality itself as an implicit defence of the extravagant hyperbole of his book. As Mark Shechner puts it: ‘Operation Shylock commits its excesses in order to keep pace with a world in which the excessive is the commonplace and the outrageous the ordinary’ (Shechner 2003: 135). In other words, if life is stranger than fiction, then fiction has the licence to be very strange while still being true to life. Rather than quoting his younger self (as he might well have done, given the extensive

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Forms of shared distraction
Andrew Ginger

individuals educated in French or French-influenced education systems, on which Cousin had a considerable impact. The very title of Foucault’s Surveiller et punir is taken from Cousin’s definition of the state, for example. It is Cousin’s philosophy of history that gives us the intellectual pattern of thesis, antithesis, synthesis – often wrongly seen as Hegelian – and pervasive in French school-level essay-writing of a certain vintage. In this chapter, the tension between centres of Being and distraction is evoked solely as a family resemblance across multiple

in Instead of modernity
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Nicholas Royle

that secret, which escapes. 9 Away, ‘in a way that is vital’. This-a-way: the vital, the quick as lightning, the ‘living instant’, ‘right away’. As she observes in ‘Writing Blind’, ‘Without words as witnesses the instant (will not have been ) is not’ (146). Writing. Awaywithwords. As she says at the start of that essay, ‘writing is first of all a departure, an embarkation, an expedition’ (139). Irreducibly multiple, growing and dying (‘But dying is not what we think’ [148]), every piece of writing is a sortie, a departure, a launch and release, a raid, an

in Hélène Cixous
The work of reading
Richard De Ritter

on the Present Condition of the Female Sex; With Suggestions for its Improvement (London: J. Johnson, 1798), pp. 69–70. Subsequent references will be given parenthetically in the text. 37 Vicesimus Knox, ‘On Novel Reading’, in Essays Moral and Literary, 5th edn, 2 vols (London: Charles Dilly, 1784), i, 70. Knox’s Essays were originally published in 1778, but new editions, containing new material, were frequently published in the subsequent years. 38 Knox, ‘On Essay Writing’, in Essays Moral and Literary, i, 4. 39 The Autobiography of Francis Place (1771–1854), ed

in Imagining women readers, 1789–1820