ENGL 291 - Lecture 19 - Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Lecture 19 - Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Overview

In this lecture on The Human Stain, Professor Hungerford traces the ways that Roth's novel conforms to and pushes beyond the genre she calls the Identity Plot. Exploring the various ways that race can be construed as category, mark, biology, or performance, the novel ultimately construes the defining characteristic of its protagonist's race to be its very concealment. Secrecy is, for Roth, the source of identity and the driving force behind desire and narrative.

Assignment

Philip Roth, The Human Stain (2000)

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