CFP: Special Issue of Philip Roth Studies-“Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale”

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Philip Roth Studies

Philip Roth Studies invites submissions for a special issue on the topic of "Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale." Roth’s earliest short stories scandalized Jewish communities, and in 1969, the bestseller Portnoy’s Complaint proved even more shocking. Roth mocks American political scandal in Our Gang; connects sexual excess and artistic provocation in Sabbath’s Theater; and triangulates political correctness, public shaming, and sexual indiscretion in The Human Stain. Roth’s engagement with scandal extended beyond national boundaries, as evidenced by his efforts to illuminate the work of oppressed writers in 1970s Prague—where literature and art was considered to be politically scandalous by the totalitarian regime. Roth recasts many of his own experiences with scandal in his fiction, examining the state of being scandalized/being considered a scandal in works such as The Ghost Writer, Zuckerman UnboundThe Prague Orgy, and Indignation. Submissions to this special issue of Philip Roth Studies might examine theoretical, cultural, historical, and/or literary dimensions of scandal as it features in Roth’s life and work. 


Submissions are due by September 1, 2020, to Maggie McKinley at Queries about the issue can also be sent to this email address. Guidelines for submissions can be found at: