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.qUltimately, Facknitz chronicles Carvera#39;s early movement toward, and then away from, minimalism by analyzing the changes in the different versions of Carvera#39;s most dramatically revised stories, including first the famous pair aquot;The Bathaquot; and aquot; A Small, ... (aquot;Living On/Off the a#39;Reversea#39;: Performance, Interrogation, and Negativity in the Works of Raymond Carveraquot; 167). ... good service to black humorists, whose primary purpose is to adopt humor for reduction of blackness in 66 I Raymondanbsp;...
|Title||:||Raymond Carver's Short Fiction in the History of Black Humor|
|Publisher||:||Peter Lang - 2006|