Fictionalization and the Destabilization of Identity in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral: Reading Criminality, Degeneration, and Regeneration

Singer, Miles C.

2023

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  • My thesis focuses shows how Roth's "American Pastoral," contrary to the ways many critics have read the novel, challenges and destabilizes narratives about Jewish American identity, rather than confirms them. The analyses uses degeneration discourse to inform how Roth's narrator qualifies Jewish identity, with attention to how the novel's admission as a flawed narrative complicates its seemingly ... read more
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