Queers, Class, and Dorothy Allison
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.
NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.