Chapter 10: Late Twentieth Century and Postmodernism

    Dorothy Allison

    Paul Reuben
    October 21, 2016

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Source: Berry College

The information below is contributed by Patricia Bostian, Central Piedmont Community College

Dorothy Allison is a South Carolina writer who gained popularity in the 1980s with her novels (Bastard out of Carolina, Cavedwellers) and short stories (Trash). Her work has been praised for its open exploration of issues of homosexuality, class, and gender.

Primary Works

The Women Who Hate Me. Long Haul Pr., 1983.

Trash. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1988. PS3551 .L453 T7

The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry, 1980-1990. 2nd ed. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Pr., 1991.

Bastard out of Carolina. New York: Dutton, 1992. PS3551 .L453 B37

Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Pr., 1994. PS3551 .L453 Z475

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure. NY: Dutton: 1995.

Introduction. The Redneck Way of Knowing: Down Home Tales. Ed. Blanche McCray Boyd. New York: Vintage, 1995.

Cavedweller. NY: Dutton: 1998. PS3551 .L453 C3

Introduction. Djuna Barnes. New York: Modern Library, 2000.

Foreword. My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home. Amber L. Hollibaugh. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2000.

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Baker, Moira P. "'The Politics of They': Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina as Critique of Class, Gender, and Sexual Ideologies." in Folks, Jeffrey J. and Folks, Nancy S. eds. The World Is Our Culture: Society and Culture in Contemporary Southern Writing. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2000.

Blouch, Christine and Vickroy, Laurie. eds. Critical Essays on the Works of American Author Dorothy Allison. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2004.

Duvall, John N. Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction: From Faulkner to Morrison. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Griffin, Connie D. "I Will Not Wear That Coat: Cross-Dressing in the Works of Dorothy Allison." in Howe, Mica and Aguiar, Sarah A. eds. He Said, She Says: An RSVP to the Male Text. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001.

Harkins, Gillian. "Telling Fact from Fiction: Dorothy Allison's Disciplinary Stories." in Barnes, Elizabeth. ed. Incest and the Literary Imagination. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2002.

Hart, Lynda. Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism. NY: Columbia UP, 1998.

Megan, Carolyn E. "Dorothy Allison." in Perry, Carolyn, and Mary L. Weaks. eds. The History of Southern Women's Literature. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2002.

Pollack, Sandra, and Denise D. Knight. eds. Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport: Greenwood, 1993.

Wiles, Mary M. "The Fascination of the Lesbian Fetish: A Perverse Possibility across the Body of Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina." in Thomas, Calvin. ed. Straight with a Twist: Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2000.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 10: Dorothy Allison." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: http://www.paulreuben.website/pal/chap10/allison.html (provide page date or date of your login). 

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