Imaginary Jews and True Confessions: Ethnicity, Lyricism, and John Berryman's Dream Songs

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Gross, Andrew S.;
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Journal: issn: 1940-0764
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  • Subject: John Berryman (1914-1972) | ethnicity | Social sciences (General) | H1-99 | "The Imaginary Jew" | Vietnam War | Social Sciences | H | The Dream Songs (1969) | poetry

Berryman was fascinated with the figure of "the imaginary Jew." The phrase is the title of his first short story, it recurs in The Dream Songs, and it was to have been the topic of the final chapter of his autobiographical novel Recovery. Critics have not treated Berrym... View more
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