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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2005) 51 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2005
... “the greatest generation.” I would argue that in American Pastoral, Roth, in the guise of his alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, returns to a consideration of the sixties, but with a less satiri­ cal, more elegiac voice. At the center of American Pastoral is Swede Levov, the benevolent Jewish American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 222–242.
Published: 01 June 2014
... addresses a growing culture of privacy and political myopia in the nineties that would eventually give rise to the post-9/11 homeland security state—processes that play out most visibly in the novel’s treatment of domestic space and the home. The Swede’s attachment to domestic space—symptomatic of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 161–190.
Published: 01 June 2018
... defining America, and American Pastoral addresses them in relation to the myth of the American Dream and “what kind of country America really is.” African Americans, however, remain largely neglected in current scholarship of Roth’s novel. Roth’s protagonist is Seymour Irving Levov (“the Swede”), the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 482–488.
Published: 01 December 2006
... Roth portrays the self “not just as a subject in history, but subject to it” (237). Shostak shows how R oth frames America as a kind of false paradise for Jews who believe in its promise of individual fulfillment. In American Pastoral, Swede Levov must suffer “penitence for the...