Critical Essays on the Works of American Author Dorothy Allison (Studies in American Literature 71)

Critical Essays on the Works of American Author Dorothy Allison (Studies in American Literature 71)

By: Christine Blouch (author), Laurie Vickroy (author)Hardback

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This is a collection of essays examining the works of Dorothy Allison (1950-), one of the most original and influential contemporary American women writers working today. Allison is perhaps best-known as author of the acclaimed best- selling novels Bastard Out of Carolina, a National Book Award Finalist in 1992, and Caved weller (1998). Her numerous other works have included short story and essay collections, poetry, and an autobiography. The critical essays in this collection consider Allison's short stories and essays, as well as her novels, discussing themes such as trauma and violence, the body, literary and critical connections, and class, among others. As the first major collection of essays to focus solely on Allison's works, this study provides ground-breaking work on an important and interesting contemporary writer. Allison's works attract readers from a range of academic disciplines, and they have found a broad national public readership as well. Thus the audience for this work, like Allison's audience, is unusually diverse, comprising readers interested in a range of gender issues, autobiographical writing, trauma narratives, Southern writing, and lesbian and gay writing and issues.

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Both editors, Christine Blouch and Laurie Vickroy, both associate professors of English at Bradley University in Illinois. Professor Blouch's work has focused primarily on gender issues in eighteenth-century British literature, and she was editor of two volumes and editorial board member for the six-volume edition Selected Works of Eliza Haywood (Pickering & Chatto, 2000,2001). She is also author of an article that focuses on gender and reading, published in The Grand Arbitress of Passion: Critical Essays on Eliza Haywood (University Press of Kentucky, 2000), and has work forthcoming in a volume on eighteenth-century periodicals, among other publications. Professor Vickroy has written extensively on contemporary authors. Her book Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction (University of Virginia Press, 2002) focused on Dorothy Allison, Toni Morrison, Marguerite Duras, Jamaica Kincaid, and Pat Barker, among others. She has also published articles in journals including Mosaic, The Comparatist, Modern Language Studies, Obsidian, and Journal of Evolutionary


Introduction; Part I. Trauma, Transformations and Transgressions; 'A Child Is Being Beaten': Dorothy Allison's Testimony of Trauma and Abuse in Bastard Out of Carolina (Suzette A. Henke, University of Louisville); The Transformational Power of Shame: Masturbation, Religion, and White Trash Myths in Bastard Out of Carolina (Tania Friedel, New York University); Vengeance is Fleeting: Masculine Transgressions in the Works of Dorothy Allison (Laurie Vickroy, Bradley University); Part II. Literary and Critical Connections; Meeting at a Barbecue: Dorothy Allison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Apocalyptic Literary Miscegenation (Julia C. Ehrhardt, University of Oklahoma); Embracing Pariahdom: The Bastard Theme in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina (Carolyn Kraus, University of Michigan-Dearborn); Part III. Violence and the Body; 'Shotgun Strategies': Working Class Literature and Violence (Renny Christopher, California State University, Channel Islands); The Burden of Surviving: The Ambiguous Body in Dorothy Allison's Fiction (Sherryl Vint, St. Francis Xavier University); Dorothy Allison: A Critical Bibliography; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780773462908
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780773462908
  • ISBN10: 0773462902

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