'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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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 The essay includes close readings of three published poems and analysis of unpublished material from the Berryman archive.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: Schools > 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 10:03
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:32
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/23154

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