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maythroughgood | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted September 16, 2012 at 3:20 AM via web

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Identify two American authors whose works are influenced by Raymond Carver's short story style.

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sarahc418 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM (Answer #1)

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Raymond Carver's short story style influenced many other minimalist authors. He is often referred to as the father of literary minimalism. Minimalism is basically literature that is spare and lean in descriptions. It offers very little context and doesn't fully explain motivations or resolutions. This style most often is noted often times as "dirty realism" because things don't end happy in real life so they don't end happy in his stories. 

Being known as the "Father of minimalism," Carver had a profound affect on many authors including Susan Minot, Ann Beattie, Mary Robison, John Updike, Tobias Wolff, Jay McInerney and the list goes on and on. 

Jay McInerney wrote the minimalist novel "Bright Lights, Big City" using the idea of "dirty realism" in his thematic choices. 

Ann Beattie writes many short stories including "What Was Mine" and "Chilly Scenes of Winter." She also employs the minimalism techniques, and she is often taught alongside Carver noting her profoundly complex resolutions.

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