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Siegel/McDaniel Award for Graduate Student Research

The Philip Roth Society is still accepting submissions for its third annual Siegel/McDaniel Award for Graduate Student Research. The award recognizes high-quality work from graduate students written on any aspect of Philip Roth’s writing in the past year (ending June 1). The winner receives:

  1. a $250 cash award;
  2. a complimentary one-year membership (or renewal) in the Philip Roth Society, including a year’s subscription to Philip Roth Studies; and
  3. an opportunity to work with the editor of Philip Roth Studies to publish an expanded version of the essay in the journal.
Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of a 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, with 12 point Times New Roman font to David Gooblar ( by September 1, 2013. The executive board members of the Philip Roth Society will evaluate all entries and notify entrants of their decision by October 1.

We ask that faculty members urge strong students to submit papers, and we welcome submissions from members and non-members alike. We are unable to accept papers that have already been published or accepted for publication.  For more information on the Siegel/McDaniel Award, please click here.

Roth Society Panel at the 2013 Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium

The Philip Roth Society will sponsor a panel at the Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium, held in South Beach, Florida on November 17-19, 2013. We welcome proposals for papers on any aspects of Philip Roth’s work. Proposals/abstracts (not exceeding 250 words) for 15-20 minute papers should include “JAHLit Proposal” in the subject heading and be emailed to David Gooblar, Philip Roth Society Program Chair, at Please include institutional affiliation and full contact details.
The deadline for abstract submissions is July 26.
The JAHLit Symposium is held at the historic Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit the conference website:

Translation and Censorship in Roth’s Works

An event devoted to the “translation and censorship in Roth’s works during the dictator Francisco Franco’s times” will take place at the Ateneo, a key cultural centre in Spain, on June 21, 2013.  For more information go to the event website.

Roth Society panel at 2013 ALA Symposium

At this year’s ALA symposium on “War and American Literature” (to be held at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, October 10-12), the Philip Roth Society will be sponsoring a panel on War in the Fiction of Philip Roth. The subject of war has found its way into Roth’s writing on many occasions, in such books as The Plot Against AmericaPortnoy’s ComplaintThe Human Stain,Indignation, and Sabbath’s Theater, among others. We welcome proposals for papers on any aspects of this topic. Proposals/abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) for 20-minute papers should be emailed to the Program Chair, David Gooblar,, by July 15, 2013.

Papers presented may be expanded and submitted for publication to Philip Roth Studies. To present a paper as a part of a Roth Society panel, participants must be members of the Philip Roth Society, as well as register for the conference. For membership information, please see the Society’s website at For information on the conference, please see the ALA website:

Roth Reads Moving Tribute for Audible and the Newark Public Library

AudibleRothAudible announced yesterday that it was making available a piece written by Philip Roth and published on 20 April in The New York Times, and one read by the novelist himself.  It is the tribute to Roth’s friend and former teacher, Bob Lowenstein, and who served as the model for Murray Ringold in I Married a Communist. The audio version of “In Memory of a Friend, Teacher and Mentor” is available at

Audible will donate $1 for every download of Roth’s eulogy (up to $25,000) to the Newark Public Library, which sustained Newark native Roth for so many years as a young reader and writer.

Philip Roth: An Exhibit of Photos from a Lifetime

Roth6.6The Director and Board of Trustees of The Newark Public Library will hold a reception with exhibit curators Rosemary Steinbaum and James Lewis celebrating the publication of the exhibit catalogue, Philip Roth: An Exhibit of Photos from a Lifetime. The event will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Second Floor Gallery and Centennial Hall of The Newark Public Library (5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102). Catalogues will be available for purchase at $15 per copy. All proceeds will be used to support the fiction collections at The Newark Public Library.

Philip Roth: An Exhibit of Photos from a Lifetime includes materials from the personal collection of Philip Roth and from the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center at The Newark Public Library. The exhibit is presented in celebration of Philip Roth’s 80th birthday, March 19, 2013, and is on view through August 31, 2013.

For more information visit the event Facebook page, or see the event flyer.

New Jersey Radio to Feature Interview with Roth Society Member

radio.resized2Victoria Larson and Neil Baldwin (in picture on left), both at Montclair State University, will be joined by Jim Bloom (member of the Philip Roth Society, and in picture on right) in an interview conducted by Robert Mann, host of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ radio show Humanities Connection. The interview will air at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2013 on WFDU (89.1 FM). For more information visit the news page of Montclair State’s College of Humanities and Social Studies.


Philip Roth Society Panels at the 2013 ALA

This year at the 24th annual American Literature Association Conference, the Philip  Roth Society will sponsor two sessions and hold its annual business meeting.  This year’s event will take place on May 23-26, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.  The schedule for the events is:

Friday May 24, 2013 – 11:10 – 12:30

Session 9-O Philip Roth in Retirement: A Roundtable Discussion (Parliament 7th Floor)

Moderator: David Gooblar, Mount Mercy University

1.Kasia Boddy, Cambridge University

2.Ken Gordon, Independent Scholar

3.Timothy Parrish, Florida State University

4.Aimee Pozorski, Central Connecticut State University

 Saturday May 25, 2013 – 9:30-10:50am

Session 15-E Philip Roth and Narrative (St George D 3rd Floor)

Chair: Miriam Jaffe-Foger, Rutgers University

1. “‘An Astonishing Farce of Misperception’: A Comparison of American Pastoral and Tevye the Dairyman, or Philip Roth’s Epilogue to Fiddler on the Roof,” Joseph Perr, Independent Scholar

2. “‘the illusion of life’: Re-thinking the Relationship Between Zuckerman as an Artist and Ira as a Propagandist in I Married a Communist,” Andy Connolly, Pace University

3. “‘Life is and’: The Counterlife’s Invitation to Reading as Hospitality,” Frederick Coye Heard, University of Texas at Austin

4. “The End of an Era: Late Style and Holocaust Memory in Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost,” Anthony Wexler, Johns Hopkins University

Saturday May 25, 2013 – 11:00-12:20 am

Business Meeting: Philip Roth Society (Courier 7th Floor)

For more information on the conference, visit the American Literature Association website.

Helping Himself and Others

Philip RothLast week Philip Roth received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.  According to the Washington Post, Roth was cited not only for his own work, such as Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral, but also for his advocacy in the 1970s and 1980s for writers in Czechoslovakia and other Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War.  Be sure to read the Washington Post‘s story for more details.

CFP – Philip Roth: Across Cultures, across Disciplines

Philip Roth:  Across Cultures, across Disciplines

The Philip Roth Society announces a call for papers for the conference “Philip Roth:  Across Cultures, across Disciplines” at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland (  The conference will take place June 13-14 (Friday and Saturday), 2014.

Be it his acerbic portrayal of American politics and its impact on ordinary citizens, his constant play with historiography’s fictitiousness, the references to art and music, or his insight into the psycho-analyzed mind, Philip Roth’s novels have reached a scholarly audience beyond departments of literature and have been celebrated by readers across the world.  Wherein consists Roth’s transdisciplinary and transcultural appeal?  What do readers from different disciplines gain from reading Roth?  What are the limits and limitations of an interdisciplinary approach to Roth’s work?  How is Roth read, interpreted, and challenged in different cultures?  These are only a few of the question that shall be addressed during our conference.  We particularly welcome contributions on Roth from different academic disciplines, but also new takes on “International Roth” as well as fresh insights into his life and fiction.

The conference will be organized around panels with three to four papers, poster sessions, and plenary talks.  Proposals of no more than 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers and poster contributions; please specify what type of contribution you would like to make.  You are likewise welcome to apply as a discussant.  Please send your abstracts by e-mail to the conference organizer, Claudia Franziska Brühwiler at  Please include your professional affiliation or association status, along with full contact details.  All presenters selected for the conference must be, or must become members of the Philip Roth Society.  No participation fee will be charged, but you may be asked to pay a small fee for meals and for optional tours of the town.

Deadline for proposals is October 30, 2013; early applications are encouraged and welcome.

About the venue:  St.Gallen is located a one-hour train ride from Zurich Airport, a four-hour train ride from Munich and Geneva.