“Something That Has Already Happened”: Recapitulation and Religious Indifference in The Plot Against America

@article{Douglas2013SomethingTH,
  title={“Something That Has Already Happened”: Recapitulation and Religious Indifference in The Plot Against America},
  author={Christopher Douglas},
  journal={MFS Modern Fiction Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={59},
  pages={784 - 810}
}
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  • Published 2 January 2014
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  • MFS Modern Fiction Studies
Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America recapitulates the history of mid-twentieth-century American race relations, and the novel’s repudiation of these assimilationist events makes it the most multicultural of his novels. But in raising the specter of one model of Jewish difference (racial) only to replace it with another (cultural), Roth is blind to the animating model (religious) of the contemporary period’s conservative Christian resurgence. Widely read as being a critical response to that… 
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