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Love and MoneyQueers, Class, and Cultural Production$
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Lisa Henderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814790571

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814790571.001.0001

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Queers, Class, and Dorothy Allison

(p.70) 4 Recognition
Love and Money

Lisa Henderson

NYU Press

This chapter draws from the works of Dorothy Allison to track class and queer discourses in cultural reception and how those discourses are mediated by gender, race, and trauma. Allison's works inspire a discourse about social class that exposes the layered, recursive language and experience of class difference, hierarchy, and mobility in contemporary United States. The chapter argues that several values of studying class in terms of recognition arise from Allison's works: one finds a conversation and a will to speak that so many critics miss. Another one sees the ways that class moves through social and cognitive space, through time and narration, as a dominant category at some moments and a more oblique one at others, but at all times in relations that are neither scattershot nor fixed, but patterned and creative. Class, again, is queered by recognition in this form, revealing the political potential of culture made public.

Keywords:   Dorothy Allison, class discourse, queer discourse, gender, race, trauma, class difference, hierarchy, mobility, cognitive space

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