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New Paths to Raymond Carver : Critical Essays on His Life, Fiction, and Poetry - Sandra Lee Kleppe

New Paths to Raymond Carver

Critical Essays on His Life, Fiction, and Poetry

By: Sandra Lee Kleppe (Editor), Robert Miltner (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9781570037245
Number Of Pages: 208

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Brevity and intensity characterized the life and literary creations of Raymond Carver, but too often his prose and poetry have been viewed in isolation rather than as interconnected parts of an artistic whole. New Paths to Raymond Carver brings together a distinguished chorus of voices to assess fully Carver's life, stories, and verse, proffering new inroads for critical investigations into the impressive corpus of work wrought during the celebrated writer's tragically brief career. Edited by Sandra Lee Kleppe and Robert Miltner, the anthology features pieces by noted Carver scholars Randolph Paul Runyon and Kirk Nesset, a chapter by Carver's longtime friend and fellow writer William Kittredge, and the first publication in English of the introduction to the Japanese edition of Ultramarine by Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher. International in scope, this collection includes essays by a number of emerging Carver scholars representing France, Norway, Canada, and the United States. The first half of the collection offers six insightful essays on Carver's poems, spanning his career and grappling with such topics as the musical quality and dreamlike nature of his verse, treatments of death and gender in his late work, themes of voyeurism, and his vocabulary of affection. The second grouping of essays focuses on current interpretations of Carver's fiction and covers topics as widely variant as McCarthyism, Alcoholics Anonymous, television, humor, voyeuristic empathy, and the crucial role of the banal in Carver's diction. The volume closes with Kittredge's moving reflections on Carver's life and premature death.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
False Sky: Introduction to the Japanese Edition of Ultramarinep. 1
Sleeping and Waking: Raymond Carver's Late Poetry of Lossp. 8
"It's like, but not like, a dream": On Reading Ultramarinep. 20
The Vocabulary of Affection: Attitudes toward Objects, Characters, and Other Writers in the Poetry of Raymond Carverp. 35
In a Mature Light: The "Second Life" Poems in Where Water Comes Together with Other Water and Ultramarinep. 46
Raymond Carver's Poet-Voyeur as Involved Spectatorp. 62
American Voyeurism: Why Does Raymond Carver Want Us to Watch?p. 75
Seeing Ourselves from the Outside: Voyeuristic Empathy in Raymond Carver's Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?p. 92
The Voluminous Impact of Television in the Fiction of Raymond Carverp. 104
McCarthy's Mailmen: The Cold War, Raymond Carver, and "What Do You Do in San Francisco?"p. 115
Raymond Carver and Alcoholics Anonymous: A Narrative under the "Surface of Things"p. 132
Laughter's Creature: The Humor of Raymond Carverp. 154
The Poetics of the Banal in Elephant and Other Storiesp. 173
Bulletproofp. 187
Contributorsp. 197
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9781570037245
ISBN-10: 1570037248
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.21