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'The Black Book': John Berryman's Holocaust Requiem

Boswell, MJ 2007, ''The Black Book': John Berryman's Holocaust Requiem' , in: 'After thirty falls': new essays on John Berryman , DQR Studies in Literature , Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 11-27.

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    Abstract

    This essay looks in detail at an unfinished cycle of Holocaust poems called The Black Book that was begun by the American poet John Berryman in 1948. The essay includes close readings of three published poems and analysis of unpublished material from the Berryman archive. It also considers Berryman's use of Holocaust testimony. Drawing on Susan Gubar's concept of 'proxy-witnessing', this essay argues that Berryman's unfinished cycle highlights some of the distinct challenges of Holocaust representation, occupying an uneasy middle ground between language and silence.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Editors: Coleman, P, McGowan, P and Richard, KJ
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PS American literature
    Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
    Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
    Publisher: Rodopi
    Refereed: Yes
    Series Name: DQR Studies in Literature
    ISBN: 9789042022195
    Depositing User: MJ Boswell
    Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2012 11:03
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:30
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/23154

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