Classic Author Series: Philip Roth and the Art of Fiction

Bard College

Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, and he taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in The New York Times, TLS, The London Times, the Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Luzzi’s awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. He is the author of five books and recently created The Virtual Book Club: an international community of readers dedicated to exploring major literary works past and present.



Philip Roth & The American Pastoral

The name Philip Roth conjures up images of spellbinding narratives about the quest for the American dream, the strivings of American immigrant families, and the quest for meaning in a modern world often ruled by the wish for money and power. In this brand new presentation, Comparative Literature Professor Joseph Luzzi will guide participants through some of the key works in Roth’s remarkably productive career, with a focus on his late masterpiece, American Pastoral from 1997. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel focuses on the life of Seymour “the Swede” Levov, a prominent Jewish-American business and former high school athlete whose golden life crumbles when his politically radical daughter challenges all he stands for amid the dramatic upheavals of American life in the 1960s.


Want To Learn More About Phillip Roth’s Writing Style?

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