At least associated: When She Was Good and the Vietnam Years

Mclennan, Rachael (2020) At least associated: When She Was Good and the Vietnam Years. Philip Roth Studies, 16 (1). pp. 74-91. ISSN 1547-3929

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Over fifty years since its publication, the critical consensus appears to understand When She Was Good (1967) as a curiosity in Roth’s oeuvre. It is time for a reappraisal. This article reads the novel in relation to Roth’s discussion of what he calls “politicization” in “the Vietnam years,” and attempts to rehabilitate the novel and its central character, Lucy Nelson. It argues that the novel is concerned with exploring the gaps between what people say and what they mean, as this pertains to both describing and shaping American reality—an exploration which has implications for understanding the novel’s narrative voice.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:49
DOI: 10.5703/philrothstud.16.1.0074

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