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A Study of Joseph Heller's Catch-22: Going Around Twice

Woodson, Jon

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ISBN 10: 0820445991 / ISBN 13: 9780820445991
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Series: Twentieth-century American Jewish Writers. Num Pages: 165 pages. BIC Classification: DSBH; DSK. Category: (P) Professional & Scholarly; (UP) Postgraduate; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 161 x 275 x 16. Weight in Grams: 386. . 2001. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780820445991

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Title: A Study of Joseph Heller's Catch-22: Going ...

Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

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By showing that Joseph Heller was heavily influenced by the New Criticism and myth criticism that he studied in graduate school, this book discloses that Catch-22 is a faithful and inclusive retelling of the ancient epic of Gilgamesh, much as Joyce’s Ulysses famously recapitulates Homer’s Odyssey. This book shows that what previous critics have understood to be characteristics of the absurdist and Black Humor influence are derived from Heller’s faithfulness to the Babylonian text itself. The study details Heller’s use of a mystical and Jungian framework to portray the individuation of a modern hero through his struggles with the mythic and archetypal forces of irrationalism as they are manifested in modern civilization. Revealing that Heller’s conception is religious and mystical, this book explores Heller’s use of T. S. Eliot’s mythic method and the experimental techniques of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. The themes of race, homosexuality, individuation, sado-masochism, and modernity are dealt with at length.

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The Author: Jon Woodson is Professor of English at Howard University. Dr. Woodson was educated at Brown University, where he wrote a dissertation on Melvin B. Tolson. He has taught at George Mason and Lincoln universities. A specialist in modern literature, he has been published in The Oxford Companion to Women’s Literature, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry, and Black American Poets between Worlds. His other works include his book, To Make a New Race: Gurdjieff, Toomer, and the Harlem Renaissance, a study of sixteen experimental novels, as well as two poetry chapbooks, I Slept Like Liquid Paper and Solos.

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