Literary Criticism online

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)

A selective list of online literary criticism for late-twentieth-century American short story writer Raymond Carver, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & biography

"Raymond Carver." An introduction to Raymond Carver, The Heath Anthology of American Literature.

"Raymond Carver." Short teaching guide for Raymond Carver, strategies, Carver's themes, style, and more. Paul Jones, ed., from educational publisher Heath.

"Interview: Raymond Carver." The Paris Review 88 (Summer 1983).

Carver, Raymond. "Prose as Architecture: Two Interviews with Raymond Carver." Clockwatch Review 1995-96.

Varvogli, Aliki. "Raymond Carver." A substantial introduction to Raymond Carver from the Literary Encyclopedia 7 July 2001 [subscription service].


literary criticism

Bethea, Arthur F. "Raymond Carver's Inheritance from Ernest Hemingway's Literary Technique." The Hemingway Review 26, 2 (Spring 2007) pp 89-104 [summary only, muse].

Bramlett, Frank; and David Raabe. "Redefining Intimacy: Carver and Conversation." Narrative 12, 2 (May 2004) pp 178-94 [substantial extract, muse].

Champion, Laurie. "'What's to Say': Silence in Raymond Carver's 'Feathers.'" Studies in Short Fiction 34, 2 (Spring 1997) [sub ser, questia].

Clark, Miriam Marty. "Raymond Carver's Monologic Imagination." MFS Modern Fiction Studies 37, 2 (Summer 1991) pp 240-7 [substantial extract, purchase option, muse].

Henning, Barbara. "Minimalism and the American Dream: "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason and "Preservation" by Raymond Carver." MFS Modern Fiction Studies 35, 4 (Winter 1989) pp 689-98 [substantial extract, purchase option, muse].

Leypoldt, Gunter. "Reconsidering Raymond Carver's 'Development': The Revisions of 'So Much Water so Close to Home.'" Contemporary Literature 43, 2 (Summer 2002) [first page only, blurred].

Mullen, Bill. "A subtle spectacle: Televisual culture in the short stories of Raymond Carver." Prof. Mullen on bridging the "two tracks" of Carver criticism. Critique.Washington Winter 1998.

Powell, John. "The stories of Raymond Carver: the menace of perpetual uncertainty." Studies in Short Fiction 31, 4 (Fall 1994) [sub ser, questia].

Scofield, Martin. "Closer to home: Carver versus Altman" [and filmmaker Robert Altman's Short Cuts]. Studies in Short Fiction 33, 3 (Summer 1996) [sub ser, questia].

Wriglesworth, Chad. "Raymond Carver and Alcoholics Anonymous: The Narrative Under the the 'Surface of Things.'" American@ 1, 2 (Fall 2003).

Wriglesworth, Chad. "Stepping onto the Yakama Reservation: Land and Water Rights in Raymond Carver's 'Sixty Acres.'" Wriglesworth considers social, economic, and ecological issues in this story. Western American Literature 45, 1 (Spring 2010) pp 54-79 [summary only, muse].


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