The uncomfortable American neo-realism of Philip Roth

Stefanie Kemminger
2018 unpublished
This thesis starts by exploring the historical background and development of neo-realism. By looking at its origins in the nineteenth century, one will see how tradi-tional realism has survived the test of time and evolved into neo-realism. Due to the characteristics of the genre and the intended reality-effect, it presents ideal material to apply the rather new approach of Affective Narratology (coined by Patrick Colm Hogan) and the Feeling of Body (developed by Gallese and Wojciehowski);
more » ... -fore, an introduction to these concepts will be provided. Subsequently, three of Roth's novels are analyzed–When She Was Good (1967), Portnoy's Complaint (1969) and Everyman (2006)–accordingly and it is shown which narrative tech-niques were used by the author in order to create a, sometimes, uncomfortable read-ing experience. This effect is enhanced through narrative situations, infringing so-cial conventions and may even create a conflict of moral as a reader's response.
doi:10.25365/thesis.55932 fatcat:uhexyifh55fixebc3so4ypfxty