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On March 19, 2013, Philip
Roth, the irreverent and iconic American author, turns 80! The relevance of Roth’s fiction to American
history, the sociology of American-Judaism, relations between Israel and the
Diaspora, the dilemma of anti-Semitism and for fiction itself is
Join literary critic Adam Kirsch, communications scholar Liel Leibovitz and professor of Jewish
Civilization Jacques Berlinerblau as
they talk about Philip Roth’s prodigious fictional output and its attendant
provocations. Aside from assessing his
contributions to literature (with special attention to his metafictional turn),
this panel will also scrutinize Roth’s survey of the modern Jewish
predicament. The author’s exploration of
intermarriage, assimilation, the return to Orthodoxy, and the future of secular
Judaism will be discussed by three scholars deeply attuned to the dynamic
interplay between Jewish history and Jewish literature.
Co-sponsored by The Posen
Foundation and the Jewish Cultural Studies Program at The New School for Public
Engagement. This event has been made
possible by the generous support of The Posen Foundation.