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CFP – Philip Roth: Across Cultures, across Disciplines

Philip Roth: Across Cultures, across Disciplines

The Philip Roth Society announces a call for papers for the conference “Philip Roth: Across Cultures, across Disciplines” at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland ( The conference will take place June 13-14 (Friday and Saturday), 2014.

Be it his acerbic portrayal of American politics and its impact on ordinary citizens, his constant play with historiography’s fictitiousness, the references to art and music, or his insight into the psycho-analyzed mind, Philip Roth’s novels have reached a scholarly audience beyond departments of literature and have been celebrated by readers across the world. Wherein consists Roth’s transdisciplinary and transcultural appeal? What do readers from different disciplines gain from reading Roth? What are the limits and limitations of an interdisciplinary approach to Roth’s work? How is Roth read, interpreted, and challenged in different cultures? These are only a few of the question that shall be addressed during our conference. We particularly welcome contributions on Roth from different academic disciplines, but also new takes on “International Roth” as well as fresh insights into his life and fiction.

The conference will be organized around panels with three to four papers, poster sessions, and plenary talks. Proposals of no more than 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers and poster contributions; please specify what type of contribution you would like to make. You are likewise welcome to apply as a discussant. Please send your abstracts by e-mail to the conference organizer, Claudia Franziska Brühwiler at roth.hsg2014 [at] Please include your professional affiliation or association status, along with full contact details. All presenters selected for the conference must be, or must become members of the Philip Roth Society. No participation fee will be charged, but you may be asked to pay a small fee for meals and for optional tours of the town.

Deadline for proposals is October 30, 2013; early applications are encouraged and welcome.

About the venue: St.Gallen is located a one-hour train ride from Zurich Airport, a four-hour train ride from Munich and Geneva.

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