Compare & Contrast What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

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1960s-1970s: The dominant trend in fiction is in the style of experimental, "postmodern" writing. The American short story is considered to be at a low point.

1990s: Carver's turn to "neo-realist" subject-matter, written in a "minimalist" style, which goes against the grain of postmodern fiction, is credited with both revitalizing the genre of the American short story, and inspiring a generation of writer's attempting to imitate his minimalist style. Because of the large number of Carver imitators, however, a backlash against minimalist writing soon follows. Carver's entire oeuvre is now seen in a broader perspective, and Carver is indisputably recognized as the foremost American short fiction writer of his generation.

1960s-1970s: While Carver's story, published in 1982, focuses on the theme of domestic violence, the term itself is not mentioned. The battered women's movement, which begins in the early-to-mid-1970s, grows out of feminist efforts at anti-rape legislation. Early...

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