Philip Roth in an Age of Terror; Louisville Conference; Feb 26-28, 2015

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The Philip Roth Society invites papers for a panel Philip Roth and terrorism at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 in Louisville, Kentucky, February 26-28, 2015.

In the years since 2001, the common understanding of "age of terrorism" has been largely synonymous with the Global War on Terror and the political violence of non-state actors, but the term "terrorism" originally referred to the actions of a state that terrorized its citizens as a matter of policy. In novels like American Pastoral, The Counterlife, Operation Shylock, The Plot Against America, The Prague Orgy as well as his short stories, essays and interviews, Roth's engagement with both state and non-state terrorisms asks us to reconsider the starting date of our current "age of terror" as well as its significance for our private and public lives. The Roth Society invites papers that examine Roth's engagement with terrorism throughout his career. Topics might include, but are not limited to, re-reading Roth's early terror-related works in the context of the Global War on Terror, rethinking the GWoT and its continuing effects (both at home and abroad) through the lens of Roth's fiction, or examining the connections in Roth's work between the terrorist acts of states and of individuals.

Proposals/abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) for 20-minute papers should be emailed to the Roth Society Program Chair, David Gooblar, at, by September 12, 2014. Please include institutional affiliation and full contact details. To present a paper as a part of a Roth Society panel, participants must be members of the Philip Roth Society, as well as register for the conference. For membership information, please see the Society's website at