“Memoir” as Counter-Narrative : Reimagining the Self in Roth’s The Plot Against America

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dc.contributor.author Sklar, Howard Gregory
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-07T09:53:01Z
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dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Sklar , H G 2018 , ' “Memoir” as Counter-Narrative : Reimagining the Self in Roth’s The Plot Against America ' , Akademisk kvarter , vol. 17 , pp. 23-36 . https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.ak.v0i17.2507
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298773
dc.description.abstract Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America famously imagines what America might have been like had the aviator Charles Lindbergh, a Nazi sympathizer, won the 1940 election for President of the United States. That alternate history is focalized through the experiences of Roth as a young boy – or those that the author-as-character has conceived within this radically altered world, with the real-world Holocaust as backdrop. By identifying a genuine counter-historical potentiality – one that is grounded in actual anti-Semitic insecurities that prevailed at the time, even in the relatively tranquil American context – Roth’s counter-narrative reimagines his actual past by redefining the significance of his identity as a Jew. At the same time, rather than presenting a portrait of “the American Jewish experience” of the period by conceptualizing Jews and Jewish experience monolithically, Roth manages to embrace the complexities and ambiguities of his search for self-definition, of which his Jewishness remains an enigmatic but essential part. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 6122 Literature studies
dc.title “Memoir” as Counter-Narrative : Reimagining the Self in Roth’s The Plot Against America en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization English Philology
dc.contributor.organization Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts, and Society
dc.contributor.organization Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
dc.contributor.organization Department of Languages
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dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.ak.v0i17.2507
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