Join us for a discussion of Philip Roth and his complicated legacy with four scholars from the field of Rothian literature. Topics will include: the women Roth wrote, his role as a Jewish American writer, the use of humor and satire in his works, and the self-referential nature of his narrators.
Molly Antopol teaches writing at Stanford University. Her first collection of stories, The UnAmericans, earned her the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. The book was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize.
Annie Atura is a doctoral student in Stanford’s English department and holds a PhD minor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. She has been a fellow at Stanford’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and at the Stanford Humanities Center. Atura has designed and taught several classes, including The Ethics of Metaphor, The Body Politic, and Feminism and the Novel.
Murray Baumgarten is professor emeritus of English and comparative literature and former director of Jewish studies at UC Santa Cruz. He has written extensively on American Jewish literature and thought and co-authored the book Understanding Philip Roth.
Naomi Seidman is Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Arts in the department for the study of religion at the University of Toronto. She is the author of several books, most recently The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature.
Co-presented by the Philip Roth Society.