TITLE

‘What the Hell Kind of Name is Yossarian?’

AUTHOR(S)
Doloff, Steven
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
Notes & Queries;Jun2013, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p302
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the the source and ethnic character of the name Yossarian, given to the main character of the 1961 novel "Catch-22," by Joseph Heller. It is argued that while Heller may very well have encountered a man with a similar name while participating in World War II, the name also be derived from Yosef, the Yiddish name for Joseph, as Yiddish was the first language of Heller's mother, Lena Heller. Also discussed is Yossarian's role as an outsider in the novel.
ACCESSION #
87825608

 

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