'To be there, inside, and not be there': Raymond Carver and class

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This article is about Raymond Carver and class. It argues that the early stories, aptly described by Tess Gallagher as possessing a 'honed disease', are generated from a very particular conjuncture of socio-economic disempowerment and diminished class consciousness*these texts, I argue, are the site of a creative struggle to narrate apparently inexplicable social experiences. I also read a selection of later Carver texts ' especially interviews, poems, autobiographical essays ' as textual spaces negotiating the contradictory class location of a distinguished professional writer synonymous with working-class settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-816
Number of pages101
JournalTextual Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • 'Locking Yourself Out, Then Trying to Get Back In'
  • 'My Father's Life'
  • 'Neighbors'
  • 'Shiftless'
  • Class
  • Class-consciousness
  • Fordism/post-Fordism
  • Professional Managerial Class
  • Raymond Carver


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