Philip Roth Society Activity at the 2012 ALA Conference

April 30, 2012

The Philip Roth Society will be sponsoring both a panel and a roundtable discussion at the 23rd annual American Literature Association Conference.  This year, the conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in the Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA, May 24-27.


The events are as follows:


Saturday, May 26, 2012  11:10 am – 12:30 pm

Session 17-J   Philip Roth’s Influences   (Room: Pacific H)

Chair: Jane Statlander-Slote, Miami International University of Art and Design

1.“Roth and Nietzsche: Life as Literature,” Patrick Hayes, St. John’s College, Oxford

2.“Nathaning Nabokov: Rothian Resonance in Lolita’s Afterword,” Royden Jay Kadyschuk, Columbia University

3. “‘Letting Go’: Roth’s Nemesis and Melville’s White Whale,” James Duban, The University of North Texas
4. “The Roots of Bucky Cantor: Philip Roth Revisits Thomas Mann’s Myth of Illness,” Nicola von Bodman-Hensler, King’s College London


Saturday, May 26, 2012  2:10 – 3:30 pm

Session 19-K   Letting Go Turns 50: A Roundtable Discussion   (Room: Pacific H) 

Moderator: David Brauner, University of Reading, UK

1.David Gooblar, Independent Scholar

2.Maggie McKinley, Marquette University

3.Aimee Pozorski, Central Connecticut State University

4.Mark Shechner, University at Buffalo


The Philip Roth Society will also be holding its annual business meeting at the Hyatt on Saturday, May 26, between the two sessions from 12:40 – 2:00 pm, in room Pacific B.


For more information on the ALA Conference, visit its website at

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