An Astonishing Farce of Misperception: Philip Roth’s Epilogue to Fiddler

by Joey Perr This essay was adapted from a lecture by the author delivered at the 24th annual Conference of the American Literature Association (Boston, Massachusetts, May 2013). PHILIP ROTH’S AMERICAN PASTORAL is a contemporary American retelling of Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman stories. Looking past their different historical contexts, the Tevye stories and American […]

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Philip Roth, One Step Ahead of the Sociologists

by Joey Perr IN THIS SUNDAY’S TIMES, “Tiger Couple” Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld ask: “What Drives Success?” The two Yale Law School professors look at new research to explain greater success among certain ethnic and cultural groups in America: It turns out that for all their diversity, the strikingly successful groups in America today […]

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