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Author Allison, Dorothy, 1949-

Title Conversations with Dorothy Allison / edited by Mae Miller Claxton.

Published [Jackson] : University Press of Mississippi, [2012]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xix, 179 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Series Literary conversations series.
Literary conversations series.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Other author Claxton, Mae Miller.
JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Allison, Dorothy, 1949- -- Interviews.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Interviews.
Feminists -- United States -- Interviews.
Lesbians -- United States -- Interviews.
Adult child sexual abuse victims -- Interviews.
Working poor -- Southern States.
Fiction -- Authorship.
Autobiography in literature.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Standard Number 9786613668585
ISBN 9781617032875 (electronic bk.)
1617032875 (electronic bk.)