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Encyclopedia > Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison

Born: April 11, 1949 (1949-04-11) (age 58)
Occupation: writer, poet, novelist
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Subjects: class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family
Debut works: Bastard Out of Carolina (1992)
Website: http://www.dorothyallison.net

Dorothy Allison (born April 11, 1949) is an American lesbian writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She was raised in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of her 15-year-old, unwed mother. She is legally blind in her right eye. Image File history File links DAllison. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about work. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The South African Police Crush Another Demonstration by the Shack dwellers Movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, 28 September, 2007 Class struggle is the active expression of class conflict looked at from any kind of socialist perspective. ... Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others. ... “Bad Touch” redirects here. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... Feminists redirects here. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lesbian literature includes works by lesbian authors, as well as lesbian-themed works by heterosexual authors. ... The Fellowship of Southern Writers is a literary organization headquartered at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. ... Greenville is the third largest city in the state of South Carolina. ... This article is about the visual condition. ...

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Biography

In the early 1970s, Allison attended Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College) on a National Merit scholarship. While in college, she joined the women's movement by way of a feminist collective. She credits the "militant feminists" for encouraging her decision to write. After graduating with a B.A. in anthropology[1], she did graduate studies in anthropology at Florida State University and the New School for Social Research. Eckerd College, formerly Florida Presbyterian College, is a private 4-year liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. ... Eckerd College is a private 4-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. ... The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a multiple choice standardized test generally taken by high school juniors, sophomores, and freshmen in the United States. ... This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ... Suffrage parade in New York City on May 6, 1912 The Feminist movement (also known as the Womens Movement and Womens Liberation) campaigns on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual violence. ... Collective can also refer to the collective pitch flight control in helicopters A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. ... The word militant has come to refer to any individual or party engaged in aggressive physical or verbal combat, normally for a cause. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Anthropology (from Greek: ἀνθρωπος, anthropos, human being; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the study of humanity. ... Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[7] is a public research university located in Tallahassee. ... New School University is an institute of higher learning in New York City. ...


Themes in Allison's work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family. The South African Police Crush Another Demonstration by the Shack dwellers Movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, 28 September, 2007 Class struggle is the active expression of class conflict looked at from any kind of socialist perspective. ... Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others. ... “Bad Touch” redirects here. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... Feminists redirects here. ...


Allison's first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award[2]. Graphic in its depiction of Southern poverty, family ties, illegitimacy, child abuse, and rape, Bastard went on to win the Ferro Grumley and Bay Area Reviewers Award for fiction. A film version, directed by Anjelica Huston, premiered in 1996 on Showtime amid some controversy for its disturbing content. The film was banned by Canada's Maritime Film Classification Board, both theatrically and in video release. The novel has been translated into over a dozen languages. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Book Awards is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. ... Historic Southern United States. ... Illegitimacy is the status that was once commonly ascribed to individuals born to parents who were not married. ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the pay TV channel. ... The Maritime Film Classification Board is a government organization responsible for reviewing films and granting film ratings in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. ...


Cavedweller, Allison's second novel, was published in 1998 and became a New York Times bestseller. It won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for fiction and was a finalist for the Lillian Smith Prize. Cavedweller has been adapted for the stage and screen, most notably in the 2004 film starring Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The New York Times bestseller list is a weekly chart in The New York Times newspaper that keeps track of the best-selling books of the week. ... Look up Λ, λ in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kyra Sedgwick (born August 19, 1965)[1] is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress. ... Kevin Norwood Bacon[1] (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13, among many others. ...


Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award (not to be confused with the Independent Spirit Awards) in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise. The award is administered by the Astraea Foundation, and is designed to encourage people and institutions which are vital to supporting new writers and introducing readers to works that may otherwise go unread. Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ... The Dun Emer Press in 1903 with Elizabeth Yeats working the hand press Small press is a term often used to describe publishers who typically specialize in genre fiction, or limited edition books or magazines. ... Independent bookstore is a term used in to identify bookstores that are primarily owned and operated by local people. ...


Allison is a member of the board of International PEN. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Feminists for Free Expression, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award (a prize that is presented annually to a science fiction or fantasy work that explores and expands on ideas of gender). Logo of International PEN International PEN, the worldwide association of writers, was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere; to emphasise the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as... The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), founded in 1974, is an alliance of 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. ... The James Tiptree, Jr. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ...


Allison remains dedicated to small press publishing, safer sex, and is active in feminist and lesbian communities. She is one of the founders of the Lesbian Sex Mafia [3]. Safe sex (also called safer sex or protected sex) is a set of practices that are designed to reduce the risk of infection during sexual intercourse to avoid developing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). ... Lesbian Sex Mafia logo The Lesbian Sex Mafia, founded in 1981, is an information and support group in New York City for lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, and transexual women. ...


She lives in California with her partner, Alix Layman, and adopted son, Wolf. Allison has been chosen to be Writer in Residence for Columbia College in 2006, and is working on her third novel, She Who.[citation needed] Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Domestic partner or domestic partnership identifies the personal relationship between individuals who are living together and sharing a common domestic life together but are not joined in any type of legal partnership, marriage or civil union. ... Columbia College Chicago is the largest arts and communications college in the United States[1] Founded in 1890, the school is located in the South Loop of Chicago. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bibliography

  • The Women Who Hate Me: Poems by Dorothy Allison (1983)
  • Trash: Short Stories (1988)
  • The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry 1980-1990 (1991)
    Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
    Dorothy Allison
  • Bastard Out of Carolina (1992)
  • Skin: Talking About Sex, Class And Literature (1994)
  • Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1995)
  • Cavedweller (1998)
  • She Who (TBA)

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Filmography

  • 2 or 3 Things But Nothing for Sure (1997)

References

  1. ^ Depth, From The South At Hamilton College, Dorothy Allison Offers Crowd A Sip Of Reality. Laura T. Ryan Staff. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY). STARS; Pg. 21. October 22, 2000.
  2. ^ Depth, From The South At Hamilton College, Dorothy Allison Offers Crowd A Sip Of Reality. Laura T. Ryan Staff. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY). STARS; Pg. 21. October 22, 2000.
  3. ^ Owen Keehnen Interviews Dorothy Allison, retrieved 23/Jun/2006

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See also

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External links

  • Dorothy Allison Online
  • Bio at The Fellowship of Southern Writers
  • AuthorViews video interview about Bastard Out of Carolina

 
 

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