Something Happened Analysis

Literary Techniques

Abandoning the multiple points of view of Catch-22, Heller in Something Happened experiments with a first person interior...

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Something Happened Ideas for Group Discussions

Readers who delighted in Heller's verbal wit and exposure of bureaucratic absurdities in Catch-22 may be disappointed in Something...

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Something Happened Social Concerns

Like Catch-22 (1961), Something Happened exposes the moral vacuity of American society. In this later novel, the targets of Heller's...

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Something Happened Literary Precedents

The major influence upon Something Happened is William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury (1929). Stylistically, Heller has...

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Something Happened Related Titles

Something Happened is most closely related to Heller's fourth novel, God Knows (1984), in the use of a first-person monologue...

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Something Happened Bibliography (Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Craig, David M. Tilting at Mortality: Narrative Strategies in Joseph Heller’s Fiction. Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 1997. Craig analyzes the form and structure of Heller’s novels and includes a discussion on Something Happened.

DelFattore, Joan. “The Dark Stranger in Heller’s Something Happened.” In Critical Essays on Joseph Heller, edited by James Nagel. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984. DelFattore explores Heller’s treatment of the stranger in Something Happened.

Heller, Joseph. “An Interview with Joseph Heller.” Interview by Charlie Reilly. Contemporary Literature 39 (Winter, 1998): 507-508. Heller discusses several of his books including Something Happened. The interviewer also comments on the detached voice of the first-person narrator of the novel.

Keegan, Brenda M. Joseph Heller: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978. A comprehensive bibliography of criticism on Heller and his works.

Mellard, James M. “Something Happened: The Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Discourse of the Family.” In Critical Essays on Joseph Heller, edited by James Nagel. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984. Mellard details the narrative structure, symbolism and applies psychoanalytic approaches to the novel.

Merrill, Robert. Joseph Heller. Boston: Twayne, 1987. Merrill provides a critical and interpretive study of Heller, with a close reading of his major works, a solid bibliography, and complete notes and references.

Seed, David. The Fiction of Joseph Heller: Against the Grain. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989. An extensive critical and interpretive study of Heller’s novels. Useful for an overview of Heller’s works.