Sunday, June 13, 2010
Wholly Communion: Reassociation in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" and the Bloggernacle
In my last post I discussed parallels between religious metaphors in "Cathedral" and the Bloggernacle. Now, after thinking about these parallels and reading a scholarly article, "Raymond Carver and Postmodern Humanism" by Arthur A. Brown, I've formulated a new thesis. Arthur argues that Carver's later stories, especially "Cathedral," "leave behind the themes of dissociation and alienation, which postmodern writers inherited from the modernists, and show that reassociation is possible" (126). I will explain how this is especially apparent in the religious metaphors in "Cathedral," which establish the act of communication as holy. Since similar metaphors are found in the name and structure of the Bloggernacle, I assert that just as "Cathedral" presents the possibility of reassociation in the typically isolated postmodern world, the Bloggernacle presents the possibility of reassociation in the allegedly isolated technological world. What do you think?