This first book-length study on the black humor in Raymond Carver's work includes valuable interpretations of Carver's aesthetics as well as the psycho-social implications of his short fiction. The presence of an indeterminate -menace- in the oppressive situations of black humor in Carver - as compared to a European tradition of existentialist writing and his American predecessors including Twain, Heller, Barth and others - is mitigated through humor so it is not dominant. As a result, a subtle promise emerges in the characters' lives.qThe paragraph goes on to use Yossarian a#39;s tent- mate Orr as an example: Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do ... Carvera#39;s narrative style shows a different realism from the style of Hemingway, who sets his characters against historical and regional background. In his readings ... (280-84). The narratives in Cathedral (1983), his fourth collection, mark an 54 I Raymond Carvera#39;s Short Fiction.
|Title||:||Raymond Carver's Short Fiction in the History of Black Humor|
|Publisher||:||Peter Lang - 2006|