American ignorance: Philip Roth’s American trilogy

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI:
American ignorance: Philip Roth’s American trilogy

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This chapter explores the work of Philip Roth, who is considered as one of America's top modern novelists, in order to focus on the question of authorial ignorance, suggesting that it is basically a part of the force of literature that modern writers engage with whenever they describe themselves as not knowing or ignorant. It supposes that authorial ignorance is a crucial yet often overlooked concern within modern literary practice. The chapter also looks at the ways Roth is consistently concerned with the question of the nature of authorship and its ethical relation with ignorance.

Keywords: Philip Roth; authorial ignorance; force of literature; modern literary practice; nature of authorship; ethical relation

Chapter.  11315 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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