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

Boswell, MJ (2007) 'The Black Book: John Berryman's Holocaust Requiem'. In: Coleman, P and McGowan, P, (eds.) After Thirty Falls: New Essays on John Berryman. Studies in Literature, 38 . Rodopi , Amsterdam and New York , 11 - 27 . ISBN 978-9042022195


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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 The essay includes close readings of three published poems and analysis of unpublished material from the Berryman archive.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
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007, Rodophi. This is an author produced version of a chapter published in After Thirty Falls: New Essays on John Berryman. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of English (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 23:01
Status: Published
Publisher: Rodopi
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74548

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