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Conversations with Dorothy Allison / edited by Mae Miller Claxton.

By: Allison, Dorothy.
Contributor(s): Claxton, Mae Miller.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Literary conversations series: Publisher: [Jackson] : University Press of Mississippi, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xix, 179 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781617032875; 1617032875; 1280691646; 9781280691645.Subject(s): Feminists -- United States -- Interviews | Lesbians -- United States -- Interviews | Adult child sexual abuse victims -- Interviews | Lesbianism | Feminism | Working poor -- Southern States | Fiction -- Authorship | Autobiography in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Conversations with Dorothy Allison.DDC classification: 813/.54 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- Chronology -- Moving toward truth : an interview with Dorothy Allison / Carolyn E. Megan, 1993 -- Dorothy Allison, crossover blues / Blanche McCrary Boyd, 1993 -- Literary heroine : talking with Dorothy Allison / Owen Keehnen, 1994 -- Dorothy Allison / Minnie Bruce Pratt, 1995 -- An interview with Dorothy Allison / Susanne Dietzel, 1995 -- "We're as American as you can get" : Dorothy Allison / Michael Rowe, 1995 -- The Roseanne of literature / Alexis Jetter, 1995 -- Dorothy Allison : a family redeemed / Susan Salter Reynolds, 1998 -- Dorothy Allison / Laura Miller, 1998 -- An open book / David L. Ulin, 1998 -- Dorothy Allison / Renée Klorman, 1998 -- Dorothy Allison / Robert Birnbaum, 2002 -- Writer out of Carolina : Dorothy Allison / David A. Fryxell, 2003 -- Marina Lewis talks with Dorothy Allison / Marina Lewis, 2006 -- Lessening the damage : interview with Dorothy Allison / Ellise Fuchs, 2006 -- An interview with Dorothy Allison / Jordan Hartt, 2007 -- Interview with a master : Dorothy Allison / Kendra Tuthill, 2009 -- Interview with Dorothy Allison / Rob Neufeld, 2009.
Summary: Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) has been known--as with Larry Brown and Lee Smith--as a purveyor of the "gritty" contemporary South that, in many ways, is worlds away from prevailing "Southern Gothic" representations of the region. Allison has frequently used her position, through passionate lectures and enthusiastic interviews, to give voice to issues dear to her: poverty, working-class life, domestic violence, feminism and women's relationships, the contemporary South, and gay/lesbian life. Often called a "writer-rock star" and a "cult icon," Allison is a true performer of the written word. At the same time, Allison also takes the craft of writing very seriously. In this collection, spanning almost two decades, Allison the performer and Allison the careful craftsperson both emerge, creating a portrait of a complex woman. The interviews detail Allison's working-class background in Greenville, South Carolina, as the daughter of a waitress. Allison discusses--with candor and quick wit--her upbringing, her work in a variety of modes (novels, short stories, essays, poetry), and her active participation in the women's movement of the 1970s. In the absence of a biography of Allison's life, Conversations with Dorothy Allison presents Allison's perspectives on her life, literature, and her conflictions over her role as a public figure. Linking her work with African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Allison pioneered the genre of working-class literature, writing a world that is often overlooked and under-studied.
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Introduction -- Chronology -- Moving toward truth : an interview with Dorothy Allison / Carolyn E. Megan, 1993 -- Dorothy Allison, crossover blues / Blanche McCrary Boyd, 1993 -- Literary heroine : talking with Dorothy Allison / Owen Keehnen, 1994 -- Dorothy Allison / Minnie Bruce Pratt, 1995 -- An interview with Dorothy Allison / Susanne Dietzel, 1995 -- "We're as American as you can get" : Dorothy Allison / Michael Rowe, 1995 -- The Roseanne of literature / Alexis Jetter, 1995 -- Dorothy Allison : a family redeemed / Susan Salter Reynolds, 1998 -- Dorothy Allison / Laura Miller, 1998 -- An open book / David L. Ulin, 1998 -- Dorothy Allison / Renée Klorman, 1998 -- Dorothy Allison / Robert Birnbaum, 2002 -- Writer out of Carolina : Dorothy Allison / David A. Fryxell, 2003 -- Marina Lewis talks with Dorothy Allison / Marina Lewis, 2006 -- Lessening the damage : interview with Dorothy Allison / Ellise Fuchs, 2006 -- An interview with Dorothy Allison / Jordan Hartt, 2007 -- Interview with a master : Dorothy Allison / Kendra Tuthill, 2009 -- Interview with Dorothy Allison / Rob Neufeld, 2009.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) has been known--as with Larry Brown and Lee Smith--as a purveyor of the "gritty" contemporary South that, in many ways, is worlds away from prevailing "Southern Gothic" representations of the region. Allison has frequently used her position, through passionate lectures and enthusiastic interviews, to give voice to issues dear to her: poverty, working-class life, domestic violence, feminism and women's relationships, the contemporary South, and gay/lesbian life. Often called a "writer-rock star" and a "cult icon," Allison is a true performer of the written word. At the same time, Allison also takes the craft of writing very seriously. In this collection, spanning almost two decades, Allison the performer and Allison the careful craftsperson both emerge, creating a portrait of a complex woman. The interviews detail Allison's working-class background in Greenville, South Carolina, as the daughter of a waitress. Allison discusses--with candor and quick wit--her upbringing, her work in a variety of modes (novels, short stories, essays, poetry), and her active participation in the women's movement of the 1970s. In the absence of a biography of Allison's life, Conversations with Dorothy Allison presents Allison's perspectives on her life, literature, and her conflictions over her role as a public figure. Linking her work with African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Allison pioneered the genre of working-class literature, writing a world that is often overlooked and under-studied.

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Dorothy Allison, 1949 - Writer Dorothy Allison was born in 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina to a fourteen-year-old unwed mother. She grew up with an abusive and violent father figure. Allison was the first in her family to graduate from high school. She received a National Merit Scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree from Florida Presbyterian College and a master's from New York's School of Social Research. <p> In 1988, "Trash," a book of short stories was published. Allison followed with "The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry, 1980-1990," which gained her respect in the gay and lesbian community. "Trash" was awarded two Lambda Literary awards: Best Small Press and Best Lesbian Book. "Bastard Out of Carolina" gave her mainstream success and was a National Book Award finalist. The novel tells a tale of poverty, incest, abuse and survival and is centered around the Boatwright family of Greenville County, South Carolina. Allison has also published a collection of essays titled "Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature," which won critical acclaim. "Two or Three Things I Know For Sure" (1995) is a short memoir in which she used text and family photographs. "Cavedweller" is an epic novel that chronicles the lives of four strong women in the difficult terrain of small town Georgia. <p> In addition to writing her books, Allison is a contributor to publications such as The New York Times, Harpers and Allure. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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