Frances Bartkowski's Debut Novel a Story About Love Amid Trauma and Dislocation

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Frances Bartkowski's Debut Novel a Story About Love Amid Trauma and Dislocation

Rutgers | Newark School of Arts & Sciences  sat down with Bartkowski recently to discuss her debut novel, its genesis, and how it dovetails with current events.

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Press Release for An Afterlife

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Press Release by Joëlle Delbourgo

An Afterlife, a debut novel, follows a young couple, Ilya and Ruby, who first meet in a displaced persons camp in Germany after the War, both lone survivors of their families, as they travel to America to forge a future together.  Suffering from post-traumatic stress, they face challenges individually and as a couple as they struggle to adapt in a new culture.  READ MORE

A Feminist Won Over by Philip Roth

 photo credit: Star Ledger

photo credit: Star Ledger

The Star Ledger, 3/17/2013

I have been teaching some of Roth’s fiction since the 1990s in the English department at Rutgers University-Newark. Like many feminists, I kept my distance in the post-”Portnoy” years. But his autobiography, “The Facts,” moved me as he talked about his early years and his parents, calling himself “her Philip,” “his Roth.” On a summer vacation, I took along “The Counterlife” and was stunned by its language and its humor. Then came “American Pastoral” and I was hooked.  READ MORE

See Fran Bartkowski talk about the work and legacy of Phillip Roth on Fios News 1

Mutts Like Us . . .

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Columbia University Press Blog, 12/11/2008

This still young century—maybe only now just beginning—calls us all into relations of obligation and care. This is our object lesson, among others, whether to follow our curiosity and desire—to kiss, or to be led by our lesser selves toward animosity, what we sometimes like to cordon off as animality. Only by letting our human-animal borders become more porous can we let the future materialize out of our mixed pasts...  READ MORE