War in Joseph Hellers Catch 22

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Overview

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780737743999
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 14

Chapter 1 Background on Joseph Heller

1 The Life of Joseph Heller David Seed 20

2 Death Is a Central Subject for Heller Barbara Gelb 33

3 The Interplay of Comedy and Tragedy Characterize Heller's Life and Work Judith Ruderman 44

4 Catch-22 Was a Groundbreaking Novel of the 1960s Stephen W. Potts 57

Chapter 2 Catch-22 and War

1 Catch-22 Is the Best American Novel in Many Years Nelson Algren 64

2 Heller Combines Realism with Surrealism to Create a New Genre: the Neo-Satiric War Novel Jeffrey Walsh 68

3 Catch-22 Is a Parody of Realistic War Novels David Seed 78

4 Catch-22 Is an Antiwar Novel of the 1950s Josh Greenfeld 90

5 Catch-22 Is About the Cold War and the Korean War Ken Barnard 95

6 Catch-22 Is About World War II Michael C. Scoggins 100

7 Catch-22 Prepared Us for the Vietnam War John Clark Pratt 109

8 Catch-22 Uses the Military as a Microcosm of Society Wayne Charles Miller 116

9 Catch-22 Is About Being Endangered by One's Own Government Seth Kupferberg Greg Lawless 130

10 Catch-22 Is a Transitional War Novel Joseph J. Waldmeir 133

11 Catch-22 Nearly Succeeds in Reflecting the Insanity of American Life Norman Podhoretz 140

12 Yossarian's Escaping to Sweden Is an Ethical Decision Alberto Cacicedo 149

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on War

1 The Iraq War Attracts Vietnam Veterans Jonathan Finer 156

2 The American People Share Responsibility for the Iraq War Leonard Pitts Jr. 162

3 U.S. Government Policies Provoke Terrorism Doug Bandow 166

4 The Iraq War Is a Failure of Strategy, Not Tactics Benjamin H. Friedman Harvey M. Sapolsky Christopher Preble 173

For Further Discussion 184

For Further Reading185

Bibliography 186

Index 190

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