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Author: David Brauner

This is a study of the contemporary American novelist, Philip Roth. Reading alongside a number of his contemporaries and focusing particularly on his later fiction, it offers a view of Roth as an intellectually adventurous and stylistically brilliant writer who constantly reinvents himself in surprising ways. At the heart of this book are a number of readings of Roth's works both in terms of their relationships with each other and with fiction by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas Pynchon, Tim O'Brien, Bret Easton Ellis, Stanley Elkin, Howard Jacobson and Jonathan Safran Foer. The book identifies as a thread running through all of Roth's work the use of paradox, both as a rhetorical device and as an organising intellectual and ideological principle.

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

Southern Gothic tradition exemplified by Flannery O’Connor or with the modernism of William Faulkner. Others still, such as E.L. Doctorow, Jane Smiley and Tim O’Brien, seem to inhabit a different genre with each new work. In spite of this diversity, critical debate has tended to revolve around a dichotomy (perhaps more perceived than actual) between realism and postmodernism. For enthusiasts of postmodernism, the fiction of writers such as Pynchon and DeLillo is innovative, challenging, subversive, philosophically profound and intellectually rich; according to its

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David Brauner

), Deception (1990) and Operation Shylock (1993), appropriates, complicates and finally parodies aspects of both realism and postmodernism, making connections between these texts and works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas Pynchon, Tim O’Brien and Bret Easton Ellis. In the third chapter, I discuss Roth’s treatment of morality, mortality and masculinity in what I consider to be his masterpiece, Sabbath’s Theater (1995), comparing it with a short story by Stanley Elkin and a novel by Howard Jacobson that share many of its themes. The fourth chapter develops work that I began in

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symbolising the instability of gender, as in novelist Tim O’Brien’s story ‘Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong’ from The Things They Carried (1990), which narrates the descent of a wholesome American girl into primitive violence through associating with degenerate Green Berets. More radical is the vituperative counterattack on sexual abuse carried out by male soldiers in the experimental stories of feminist

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texts were published. 50 The quiet contemporary American novel Fiction ‘post-9/11’ In the weeks that followed 11 September 2001, fiction writers eager to explore the disruption of a ‘post-9/11’ world published a deluge of articles, mostly autobiographical in nature. Ian McEwan wrote one of the earliest responses, lamenting the new frailty of ‘Our civilisation’ and suggesting that after the attacks ‘the world would never be the same’: in fact, ‘it would be worse.’8 By 20 September, The New York Times had published essays by Joan Didion, Tim O’Brien and Joyce Carol

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