In this article, we argue for Elisa Albert’s place in the Jewish-American literary
canon, not only as a result of her self-proclaimed connection to Philip Roth, but
also as a result of her feminist sensibility updating the classic writing-as-procreating
trope. We call for a re-valuation of Albert as a self-referential master in the tradition
of Roth that has so far included all of her male peers while leaving her out—perhaps
because of, or despite, her uncanny representation of female sexuality and motherhood.