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


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 ...

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