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The Woman of Ressentiment in When She Was Good


Read alongside Nietzsche's theory of ressentiment, this essay challenges the popular critique that When She Was Good (1967) serves as proof of Philip Roth's misogyny or his hatred of his ex-wife. Instead, the author argues that When She Was Good actually presages Roth's developing interest in the pre-ideological formation of values that we see in later works such as Portnoy's Complaint (1969), Sabbath's Theater (1995), and American Pastoral (1997).