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Modern and Contemporary Authors

The class will be reading and discussing The Plot Against America,a novel by Philip Roth, paperback published in 2005 by Vintage Books, ISBN 978-1400079490.

The novel is an alternative history in which FDR is defeated in the presidential election of 1940 by Charles Lindbergh. The fortunes of the Roth family are followed during the Lindbergh presidency as antisemitism and isolationism become more accepted in American life and Jewish-American families are persecuted on various levels. The narrator and central character is the young Philip, whose confusion and terror make the novel as much about the mysteries of growing up as about American politics. According to Publishers Weekly, Philip Roth’s writing has never been so direct and accessible.

January 9: Ch 1-2

January 23: Ch 3-4
February 6: Ch 5-6
February 20: Ch 7-8
March 6: Ch 9 and Postscript

Facilitator: Mary Thompson retired in 2005 as an executive at ViaSat and now promotes deliberative democracy with the League of Women Voters and the San Diego Deliberation Network.

Course Number: OSHR-70131   Credit: 0 units

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01/09/2018 - 03/06/2018 In-class 128865 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 128, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla