Derek Royal

Founder and executive editor, 'Philip Roth Studies'; Founder, Philip Roth Society

Derek Parker Royal is the founder and executive editor of Philip Roth Studies, as well as the founder of the Philip Roth Society. His books include Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author (Praeger, 2005), Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (Atlante, 2011, co-authored with Patrick Badonnel and Daniel Royot), and Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative (Purdue University Press, 2011). He has guest edited eight different special issues of journals, covering topics such as Philip Roth’s later novels, contemporary Jewish narrative, multi-ethnic comics, superheroes and gender, politics and comics, and Woody Allen’s post-1990 films. His essays on American literature, comics, and film have appeared in a variety of edited book collections and scholarly journals, including College Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, Post Script, MELUS, Critique, Poe Studies, The Mark Twain Annual, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Midwest Quarterly, ImageTexT, International Journal of Comic Art, Modern Jewish Studies/Yiddish, Shofar, and Studies in American Jewish Literature. He is currently editing a series of essays on Jewish comics and graphic novels, a collection on post-1980s American multi-ethnic comics, and he is also working on two other book projects: The Hernandez Brothers: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi) and More Than Jewish Mischief: Narrating Subjectivity in the Later Fiction of Philip Roth.

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