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Description - Technique and Sensibility in the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver by Arthur F. Bethea

Emphasizing important techniques and themes, with due consideration of germane theoretical perspectives and relevant biographical materials, this study offers the most comprehensive, sophisticated examination of Raymond Carver's fiction and poetry to date. Key arguments include: a de-emphasis of indeterminacy in Carver's fiction a detailed unfolding of his brilliant technique, especially his use of unreliable narration, symbolism, and omission a rejection of the notion of Carver as catatonic realist, a reductive view ignoring the poignancy of his fiction a consideration of Carver's authorial control of his characters Most importantly, this study provides the first readily available, detailed, thoughtful analysis of Carver's poetry, arguing for an inclusion of Carver into the canon of postmodern American poets. Written in straightforward, clear prose, the in-depth readings will help undergraduates immeasurably, while connections of Carver's work to that of other modern and contemporary writers, to carver scholarship, and theories of minimalism, postmodernism, and realism, will interest and assist more advanced readers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815340409
ISBN-10: 0815340400
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 342
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Arthur F. Bethea

Arthur F. Bethea received his PhD. from Ohio University in 1996 and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Purdue University-Calumet.