Roth’s American Pastoral and the American Dream

Course Dates: 
June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jay Jacoby
Course Catalogs: 
2015 Summer

1st four weeks

Participants will engage in a close reading and discussion of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.  This book is considered by some to be the great American novel by America’s greatest living novelist.  We’ll look at the book in the tradition of the American Dream; as a portrait of the United States in the 60s, 70s, and beyond; as a classic of post-modernism; and in the context of Roth’s other works.  Required text: American Pastoral, Philip Roth, ISBN-10: 0375701427 or ISBN-13: 978-0375701429.  Cost: $0.01--$12.14.

Jay Jacoby ( has taught writing and literature for over forty years.  He retired from UNC Charlotte in 2004, has been an adjunct professor at UNC Asheville, and has offered ten different courses at the College for Seniors.