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This is a comprehensive and definitive study of the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson. It offers lucid, detailed and nuanced readings of each of Jacobson’s novels, and makes a powerful case for the importance of his work in the landscape of contemporary fiction. Focusing on the themes of comedy, masculinity and Jewishness, the book emphasises the richness and diversity of Jacobson’s work. Often described by others as ‘the English Philip Roth’ and by himself as ‘the Jewish Jane Austen’, Jacobson emerges here as a complex and often contradictory figure: a fearless novelist; a combative public intellectual; a polemical journalist; an unapologetic elitist and an irreverent outsider; an exuberant iconoclast and a sombre satirist. Never afraid of controversy, Jacobson tends to polarise readers; but, love him or hate him, he is difficult to ignore. This book gives him the thorough consideration and the balanced evaluation that he deserves.

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Philip Roth, antisemitism and the Holocaust
David Brauner

A detailed discussion of Jacobson’s representation of Jewishness, in relation to the work of Philip Roth and in the context of antisemitism and the legacy of the Holocaust in post-war Jewish fiction.

in Howard Jacobson
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Masculinity, mortaliity and sexual politics
David Brauner

A detailed discussion of Jacobson’s representation of masculinity, in relation to the theme of mortality and in the context of broader issues of sexual politics.

in Howard Jacobson
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Comedy, the anti-pastoral and literary politics
David Brauner

A detailed discussion of Jacobson’s comic novels, focusing on the development of his comic theory and practice in relation to the anti-pastoral tradition and in the context of literary politics.

in Howard Jacobson
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David Brauner

An overview of Jacobson’s career, the critical reception of his novels, and the structure of the book, setting out the range of different roles that he performs: novelist; critic; journalist; and public intellectual.

in Howard Jacobson
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David Brauner

A sketching out of two potential directions for future scholarship on Jacobson to take: an analysis of the importance of Manchester in and to Jacobson’s fiction; and an analysis of Jacobson as a transatlantic Jewish writer.

in Howard Jacobson