American minimalism: main stylistic and thematic features of the literary movement and main authors ( John Cheever, Pale and Raymond Clevie Carver)
Minimalism is a literary current that developed during the second half of the twentieth century and is based on the refusal of consolidated literary modules.
Minimalism has been greatly influenced and inspired by Hemingway's production.
Minimalism is characterized by a dry, minimal style, and is best expressed in the short term of the story.
Minimalism consists of the description of the reified man and of his united relationships: he is the man who coincides with things, exclusively with his own affairs. It is the descriptive and never-ending narrative of the spiritually orphaned man, master of himself, to repeat his perfect and contented autonomy both in relation to tradition and to an ever-possible Creator. And this, despite recognizing that one day is unpredictably born and that at another date will be brought to a chest to be permanently buried. Nihilism, fatally, always falls into the narcissistic individualism of desperate and modernist atheism. To the flat banality of things, of the innumerable things, inevitably more or less desired and possessed, corresponds in literature to the ideological superficiality that reduces reality to the measure of what the reified man is able to comprehend and dominate with his existential powderyness.
In these works, Raymond Clevie Carver recounts the desperation of frustration of ordinary people in American society over time.