Post-Frankenstein; the Postmodern Subjectivity in Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and Sabbath’s Theater

Omid Delbandi


The aim of this study is to depict the transformation of the postmodern subject into Post-Frankenstein in the world devoid of any symbolic authorities. In order to achieve this goal, Slavoj Žižek’s main ideas regarding postmodernism, namely “show it all” or “tell it all”, in the context of the sexual revolution in 1960s are applied to Philip Roth’s two works, Portnoy’s Complaint and Sabbath’s Theater. Consequently the creation of Post-Frankenstein through numerous psychological disorders such as neurosis, paranoia, and pathological narcissism are studied in order to present Post-Frankenstein as the final step in de-subjectivization in the postmodern life.



Subjectivization, Post-Frankenstein, Pathological narcissism, “Show it all”, Postmodern subject

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