TITLE

Female Gothic Fiction, Grotesque Realities, and Bastard Out of Carolina: Dorothy Allison Revises the Southern Gothic

AUTHOR(S)
BAILEY, PEGGY DUNN
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Mississippi Quarterly;Winter/Spring2010, Vol. 63 Issue 1/2, p269
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
A literary critique is presented of the novel "Bastard Out of Carolina," by Dorothy Allison, particularly focusing on how the novel is a revision of the Southern Gothic literary genre. Allison's likening of Southern Gothic with the grotesque is examined. The elements of Gothic literature and a history of the genre, which originated in the 18th century, is considered. The elements of Allison's novel that conform to the Southern Gothic mode, including its realism, its focus on family, identity, and place, are considered.
ACCESSION #
59243138

 

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