ABSTRACTS, 2010 M/MLA CONVENTION, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 4-7
PANEL ORGANIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL RAYMOND CARVER SOCIETY
TITLE: “Raymond Carver: Grunge, Poetry, Otherness”
CHAIR: Sandra L. Kleppe firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday November 5th, 2010
1. Raymond Carver's Grunge Fictions
Angela Sorby, Marquette University
In Richard Russo’s academic burlesque, Straight Man (1998), the title character counsels his working-class secretary to submit her short stories for publication, noting that “ever since Ray Carver” “grunge” fiction sells. The term “dirty realism” connotes grunginess, of course, but what interests me here is the specific relationship between Carver’s work and the 1980s/90s Pacific Northwest music known as grunge. In this essay, then, I focus specifically on Carver’s male characters as masculine performers. Through video clips and music, I argue that many of Carver’s male characters occupy a (fictive) cultural position that parallels Kurt Cobain and other grunge musicians. These characters function as bit-players on the hinge between an economy of extraction (logging) and a service economy (software), and ultimately, they emerge as Westerners forced to redefine the codes of Western manhood.
2. Discomposure: Carver and the Other
Robert Miltner , Kent State University Stark
While much has been discussed about Carver and women, little has been done to examine the presentation of Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, or Middle Easterners in his work. By examining poems such as “The Baker,” “The Mosque in Jaffa,” “Rhodes,” “The News Carried to Macedonia,” “To Begin With” and “The Contact,” readers encounter varied presentations of Mexico and the Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey, and Israel. Similar varied portraits occur as Carver presents a Mexican maid in “Gazebo,” a Native American in “Sixty Acres,” Blacks in “Vitamins” and “Will You Please Be Quiet Please?” and Arabs and Jews in the Middle East in “What Would You Like to See?” What surfaces is that Carver’s portraits of the Other are either genuinely indifferent or blatantly stereotypical.
3. Raymond Carver's Self-Referential Poetry
Sandra L. Kleppe, Hedmark University College
Self-referential poetry is verse that refers to the process of its own creation and it has a long history in Western literature at the same time as it is one of the preferred motifs of postmodern literature. Raymond Carver’s consistent and almost obsessive use of the self-referential will be related in this paper to what Ira Livingston terms a new “autopoetic” episteme. The traditional gap between literature and science, as well as between words and things, is narrowed by autopoetic systems of self-production. Carver’s simultaneous use of realism and artifice in poems such as “Your Dog Dies,” “For Semra, with Martial Vigor,” “The Blue Stones,” and many others reveal a poet who is keenly aware of how creative process and product are inextricably yoked.
THE IRCS HAD AN ACTIVE SPRING 2008 FULL OF EXCITING CALLS.
The International Raymond Carver Society is organizing a session at the 50th M/MLA Convention in Minneapolis, November 13-16, 2008 which resonates with the general convention theme of “Fame/Infamy”.
"Commemorating Raymond Carver in Paris:
A Celebration of His Life and Works"
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A l'occasion de l'anniversaire de la disparition de Raymond Carver (1938-1988) l'International Raymond Carver Society et le Groupe de recherche de Paris XII organisent un colloque à Paris les 6 et 7 Juin 2008. Ce colloque se propose de témoigner de la vitalité des recherches universitaires récentes sur Raymond Carver. Tous les aspects de son œuvre pourront être abordés, aussi bien les nouvelles que la poésie et les essais. Cette présentation de la recherche sera également ponctuée de lectures par des écrivains actuels dont l'œuvre a pu être influencée ou marquée par celle de Carver.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Raymond Carver's (1938-1988) death the IRCS and the Research Group of Paris XII are organizing a conference in Paris on June 6 and 7, 2008. The aim of this conference is to showcase the contiuing dynamism of recent research on Carver. All aspects of his work may be considered: short stories, poetry, essays, letters, screen/plays, filmatizations, or other. The IRCS and Paris XII will also invite contemporary writers to read from Carver’s work or from their own work, and to assess his importance on their writing.
Questions or comments about this event? Contact the co-organizers:
Paris XII, Claire Fabre-Clark email@example.com
IRCS, Sandra Kleppe ircs AT internationalraymondcarversociety.org
FINAL CALL, CLOSING END OF MAY 2008
The Raymond Carver Review, affiliated with The International Raymond Carver Society, forthcoming issue:
Carver and Feminism
For complete information, contact the editor:
MINUTES FROM THE MAY 2007 BUSINESS MEETING
International Raymond Carver Society
Business and General Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts: May 25, 2007
1. 2007 election of officers.
• report from the electronic voting
11 members submitted electronic votes
• voting, members present
7 members voted at the ALA; those who could not attend the meeting submitted a pre-vote
Conclusion: the slate for the Executive Committee is hereby official; the first period is 2007-2010
2. Finalization of the IRCS By-Laws.
The By-Laws as posted on the web site were approved by members present.
3. Revised Budget.
Any funds not used in conjunction with the Boston ALA will be transferred to the December 2007 Symposium in Chicago.
4. Upcoming Conferences and Meetings.
• M/MLA November 2007, Cleveland
• IRCS Symposium December 27-29, 2007, Chicago
• ALA 2008, San Francisco
• International Conference June 2008, Paris, France.
5. Open discussion.
The IRCS currently has not funding beyond 2007; the Executive Committee discussed applications in progress for financing from the NFR and elsewhere. The Raymond Carver Letters project will be incorporated into these.