21 2021

American Pastorals: Philip Roth and Allegra Goodman

6:45PM - 7:45PM  

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Two of the greatest Jewish American novels of the late twentieth century, Philip Roth's American Pastoral and Allegra Goodman's Kaaterskill Falls, were published within one year of each other, in 1997 and 1998. Literary scholar Michael Hoberman will talk about how these two books, seemingly so different from one another, bear nearly identical implications regarding the  dangers of social isolation, especially for Jews.

Michael Hoberman is a professor of American literature at Fitchburg State University and is a graduate of Reed College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His books include New IsraelNew England: Jews and Puritans in Early America and, most recently, A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literature. In 2010, he was Fulbright Senior Professor of American Studies, at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. His articles on Jewish American literature and history can be found in Tablet Magazine.

This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series