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2012 | 9 | 1 | 240-253
Article title

Tragic Innocence in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral

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Abstracts
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American Pastoral is not only an elegiac fictional biography, but an in-depth analysis of the demise of the American dream in the context of post-war social and cultural mutations. The loss of innocence echoes the tragic mythical Fall from Paradise and the novel’s main characters, Seymour “Swede” Levov and his daughter, Merry, mirror this process in a complex and meaningful way.
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Volume
9
Issue
1
Pages
240-253
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Dates
published
2012-12-01
online
2013-02-21
Contributors
  • West University of Timisoara
References
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  • Roth, P. 1998. American Pastoral. London: Vintage Books.
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  • Safer, E. B. 2006. Mocking the Age. The Later Novels of Philip Roth, State University of New York Press .
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Publication order reference
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bwmeta1.element.doi-10_2478_v10319-012-0023-x
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