On Carver: Will you please read the silences, please?

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dc.contributor.author Thomas, Victoria Elizabeth Buchanan
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-02T10:00:45Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-02T10:00:45Z
dc.date.issued 2006-11-02T10:00:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/1588
dc.description MASTERS School of English Student No: 9910994F en
dc.description.abstract Literary criticism on the short fiction of Raymond Carver investigates frequently the narrative omissions whereby Carver renders the plight of middle and lower class America. Neither exclusively formal nor exclusively thematic critiques of Carver’s short stories explicate adequately the purposes and effects of these narrative omissions. This study, which is framed by Wolfgang Iser’s reader-response theories of ‘negation and ‘negativity’, and Michael Fried’s notion of aesthetic ‘absorption’, provides a formal and thematic reading of eight of Carver’s stories. This study argues that the reader’s investments in these omissions generate various indices of sympathetic identification. In tandem with such an inquiry, this study also examines the apparent antagonism between the realist and postmodernist strains discernible across Carver’s narratives. This antagonism is caused by Carver’s omissions, which simultaneously create the illusion of mimetic transparency and negate this transparency. The omissions that operate across Carver’s stories make the reader conscious not only of how he or she interprets the author’s words, but also how he or she interprets the world. Carver’s neo-realism, this study proposes, therefore has a far greater potential for social realism than traditional modes of realist representation. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject literary criticism en
dc.subject Raymond Carver en
dc.subject short stories en
dc.subject neo-realism en
dc.subject social realism en
dc.subject narrative omissions en
dc.subject thematic import en
dc.subject narrative strategy en
dc.title On Carver: Will you please read the silences, please? en
dc.type Thesis en


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