23. Raymond Carver in the Twenty-First Century

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Sandra Lee Kleppe Associate Professor director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch23

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Lee Kleppe, S. (2010) Raymond Carver in the Twenty-First Century, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Hedmark University College, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • Raymond Carver in the twenty-first century;
  • past and present perspectives on Carver's career;
  • Controversy and Beyond - Carver publishing his first stories and poems in little magazines in 1960s;
  • editorial genesis of Carver's fiction and his posthumously published works - much-needed biographical studies helping us better understand Carver's life and works in tandem;
  • Randolph Runyon's Reading Raymond Carver (1992), Adam Meyer's Raymond Carver (1995) and Kirk Nesset's The Stories of Raymond Carver;
  • Carver's life experiences and texts - coming out of them drawing much attention;
  • intertextual assessment of “Cathedral” - knowledge of Carver's literary life expanding with time, our understanding of Cathedral;
  • intertextual traits of “Cathedral” - establishing that Carver frequently worked both intra- and intertextual elements into his writing;
  • Carver's stories, outdoor settings - “So Much Water, So Close to Home,” “Tell the Women We're Going,” and “The Cabin,” his characters portrayed in domestic spaces


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Past and Present Perspectives on Carver's Career

  • An Intertextual Assessment of “Cathedral”

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading