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First published in 1981, “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver is a minimalist short story centered around a domestic situation involving the interaction between an ordinary couple and their blind guest.  The underlying themes of this story are alienation, the desire for a more spiritual life, and the feeling that we never quite reach our full potential and often have hidden talents that we never knew about.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3553 .A7894
  • PS648
  • PN6120

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Carver, Raymond.  Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories. 1989.

                        Call Number: PS3553 .A7894 W43 1989

  • Nesset, Kirk.  The Stories of Raymond Carver: A Critical Study. 1995.

                      Call Number: PS3553 .A7894 Z78 1995

  • Runyon, Randolph Paul.  Reading Raymond Carver. 1992.

                    Call Number: PS3553 .A7894 Z86 1992

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Carver, Raymond (Author Keywords)
  • Carver, Raymond – Criticism and Interpretation (Subject Keywords)
  • Short Stories – American (Subject Keywords)

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 36, pg. 103-04

o   Vol. 53, pg. 65

o   Vol. 55, pg. 274, 276, 278, 281-82

o   Vol. 126, pg. 105, 107, 109, 111-12, 114-19, 127-28, 141-42, 146-48, 150, 176-77, 183-85

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 7, pg. 2831

  •  Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 1, pg. 560-562

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 8, pg. 17, 20, 23, 26-28, 30-32, 34, 39-40, 46, 49, 55-61

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 6, pg. 38-58

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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Last Revised on August 5, 2009

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