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Skin: Talking about Sex, Class and Literature

Skin Talking about Sex Class and Literature A fantastic collection of essays autobiographical narratives and performance pieces including updated versions of earlier groundbreaking material with provocative new work by the lifelong feminist

  • Title: Skin: Talking about Sex, Class and Literature
  • Author: Dorothy Allison
  • ISBN: 9781563410444
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fantastic collection of essays, autobiographical narratives, and performance pieces, including updated versions of earlier groundbreaking material with provocative new work by the lifelong feminist activist, controversial sex radical, and Southern expatriate writer with an attitude who brought us Bastard Out of Carolina, Trash, and The Women Who Hate Me Funny, passionatA fantastic collection of essays, autobiographical narratives, and performance pieces, including updated versions of earlier groundbreaking material with provocative new work by the lifelong feminist activist, controversial sex radical, and Southern expatriate writer with an attitude who brought us Bastard Out of Carolina, Trash, and The Women Who Hate Me Funny, passionate, and compelling prose on what it means to be queer and happy about it in a world that is still arguing about what it means to be queer.

    Skin Talking about Sex, Class and Literature by Dorothy Dorothy Allison published Skin Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature in , only a couple of years after her amazing first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina I ve read the novel probably three times, but for some reason it never occurred to me to look for further work by Allison. Skin Talking About Sex, Class And Literature Jun , Skin is a book of essays by the amazingly talented writer and activist, Dorothy Allison I remember reading Out of Carolina many years ago and thinking I might not get through it because of its gruesome and hideous portrayal of a poverty stricken, incestuous family living in the South. Skin Talking About Sex, Class Literature Allison Jul , Skin is a book of essays by the amazingly talented writer and activist, Dorothy Allison I remember reading Out of Carolina many years ago and thinking I might not get through it because of its gruesome and hideous portrayal of a poverty stricken, incestuous family living in the South. Skin Talking About Sex, Class Literature Skin talking about sex, class literature Nashville In Skin, she approaches these topics through twenty three impassioned essays that explore her identity from her childhood in a poor family in South Carolina to her adult life as a lesbian in the suburbs of New York and her sexuality In Gun Crazy, Allison delves into what guns meant to the men and women around her when she was growing up. Allison, Dorothy SKIN Talking about Sex, Class Allison, Dorothy SKIN Talking about Sex, Class Literature st Edition st Printing Softcover New York Firebrand Books Very Good in wraps Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing Shipping and handling This item will ship to United States, but What Does the Bible Say About Skin Color And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord

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    1. Dorothy Allison

      Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Themes in Allison s work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.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 Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.

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    1. This is Ms Allison s fourth book She has been a five star writer for me so far having read two of her books But, considering her other autobiographical writing, I am interested to see what the Non fiction label means with Skin There are 24 essays, autobiographical narratives and performance pieces in this book That s what they are called on the back cover.Skin was published in 1994 She was 45 at that time.The author probes her experience of being a lifelong feminist activist, a controversial sex [...]


    2. having gone to an undergrad institution that prized itself on the humanities and majored in american literature and womens studies much to the horror of my parents, who couldnt understand how those degrees would lead to an optometry career , i spent an insane amount of time between the ages of 18 21 talking about all the isms and obias that plague both this nation and the world and yet there was a disquieting silence surrounding class, and to this i am not sure if this is because of the classes [...]


    3. I would have to say that this is one of the best essay collections I ve read Certainly it stands out in this way among essay collections of lesbian non fiction writing and radical, class critical feminism Allison accomplishes her usual muscular femme honesty and bullshit cutting style with a graceful method not unlike her famed novels and short fiction Here, she addresses arenas of the political through the personal in stories of her life experiences Perhaps it is the autobiographical nature of [...]


    4. First, don t do as I did and read this all at once I did, and after a while, I was like, Okay, I get it, you went to a lot of meetings and built bookshelves at the women s center and like butch women who will dominate you That kind of exasperation isn t really fair, because this is a collection of autobiographical essays written over Allison s career, and as anyone who has ever engaged in autobiographical writing knows, you are kind of limited in your material.Aside from that I was struck by how [...]


    5. Dorothy Allison published Skin Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature in 1994, only a couple of years after her amazing first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina I ve read the novel probably three times, but for some reason it never occurred to me to look for further work by Allison I guess I assumed that she, like Harper Lee, had probably given so much to write that amazing novel that she didn t have any writing left in her.I was so wrong.I got an inclination of this a couple of years ago when, on [...]


    6. It s a challenge to find books that are relevant to me as a self publishing internet sex worker and feminist with white trash roots so this book was a huge find for me While much of it s written from the rawness of Dorothy Allison s personal experiences, she goes way beyond herself to explore sexual, political and artistic issues in ways that are credible and hook you with intimacy while being rational, complex, and critical.I have a hard time describing how important this book is to me on a per [...]


    7. I FUCKING LOVE DOROTHY ALLISONI don t know how to express what this collection means to me I don t know how to deal with how much I relate to Dorothy there are significant differences in our experiences, but such overlap I love how visceral and aggressive and BRAVE her writing is It s pretty synchronistic me reading this now I recently started a women s writing course and have been confronting the fact that I can currently only write about my past traumas, which is difficult but also since it s [...]


    8. i love Dorothy Allison s writing style, and she s a mesmerizing public speaker i literally couldn t speak when i met her i just kept blushing and mumbling she smiled like she does and said, you can tell your friends a lesbian flirted with you i had to get that out okay, this booki m not the biggest fan of her fictional stuff i like Dorothy Allison writing about life and writing and ideas she makes connections and makes sense like few i ve read and the story called You, Me, and Him i think the o [...]


    9. A great collection of essays and stories Moving, inspiring, confrontational, beautiful, argumentative, soothing, and raw.


    10. Oy.Smut.Until the very end, then a touching, engaging short story.Cut the smut, focus on the story there is no need for a piece to be so graphic sex doesn t say anything Use the characters, not their bodies.That s just my two cents, for what it s worth.


    11. Lu en fran ais chez CambourakisQuittons les histoires pour nous int resser un essai aujourd hui, ou plut t une collection d articles de l auteur f ministe et lesbienne Dorothy Allison Dans cette vingtaine de textes tournant autour de la question de la classe sociale, de l orientation sexuelle, du genre et de l criture, elle questionne son rapport au monde et le n tre par la m me occasion.J ai d but cet essai sans grande conviction et j ai t agr ablement surprise par la facilit de lecture et l at [...]


    12. Allison s essays are passionate and bold, if not a bit earnest Much of what has been compiledIn this essay collection feels a bit dated, particularly in regard to issues of sex positivity and lesbian identity I confess to cringing at the first of many mentions of her lesbian feminist collective because it all seemed so heavy handed and old school Allison is probably thrilled that one would feel that because it means progress has been made in the revolution she has so passionately fought for all [...]


    13. I have read a whole lot of feminist literature, fiction and nonfiction This book blew my mind open, despite that First I experienced some push back I started to wonder why it seemed every paragraph a gross exaggeration was about her being a lesbian I was like, I get it, you re queer, I don t care if you are or not, that is only a part of who you are.As I read further, I began to see how important being a lesbian is to her total worldview, and even though I am a woman a straight but not narrow wo [...]


    14. 4 Stars I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review A fantastic collection of essays, autobiographical narratives, and performance pieces, including updated versions of earlier groundbreaking material with provocative new work by the lifelong feminist activist, controversial sex radical, and Southern expatriate writer with an attitude who brought us Bastard Out of Carolina , Trash , and The Women Who Hate Me Funny, passionate, and compelling prose on what it means to be que [...]


    15. I read this book 20 years ago Young dyke Still embarrassed to be a dyke I was always thirsting for good writing I had the mordant judgmentalness of immature young people I felt that writers who don t pull off good lines were garbage because I was superficial and horrible that way However people who wrote well, I instantly deified and trusted Dorothy Allison is producer of lovely lines and addictive stories, so she earned my instant respect This book was a hidden treasure that I hoarded and devou [...]


    16. Voici un livre que toute personne lesbienne ou bisexuelle devrait lire D abord parce que les diff rents essais r unis ici abordent des questions rarement trait es en ce qui a trait l exp rience, l identit et la sexualit lesbienne, mais aussi parce qu ils clairent son intersectionnalit avec une oppression de classe C est galement une r flexion essentielle sur ce que Dorothy Allison appelle l criture lesbienne, ou du moins ce que la litt rature peut accomplir de radicalement politique en ce qui a [...]


    17. This book nearly killed me she writes so beautifully Many of the pieces are about sex, class and literature but she weaves them together so well and writes passionately about the importance of writing what scares you Her work about her family in south Carolina pretty much chronicled faithfully in Bastard out of Carolina is so moving when she talks about the lives of her mom, aunts and sisters She has so much compassion for people and so much pride and love for her family In her words when I sit [...]


    18. Such a worthy read In wake of Orlando, I wish I were reading a QTPOC novel to honor the fact that so little of my required reading in school included voices of queer folks, women, or queer women , and it is a fact like that contributes to the gross marginalization and persecution of qtpoc Nonetheless, I loved this book, and I loved the frankness with which she writes about desire, lust, memory, and constructing narratives around trauma Rather tangentially, I am reminded of how much there is to b [...]


    19. Through a series of essays, Allison tells the story of how her own brand of intellect emerged These wonderful little essays betray a philosophy which is both leftist and pragmatic Richard Rorty quotes the essay on literature in his Achieving Our Country as an example of a philosophy of literature as heartfelt reather than cynical, positive rather than negative, intended toward a working, positive change in the individual.


    20. Allison is a fascinating person These are essays, not short stories and most are from the 1980s, many updated to include Melissa Etheridge among celebrity lesbians, for example The book came out in the 1990s She came of age at an absolutely fascinating time the beginnings of the women s movement, and was very active in it Living in a collective, running CR groups The whole nine yards What changes we have seen just in her lifetime A must read


    21. Dogeared copy read and reread throughout sopho year of college Probably explains why I overthought so many things But then again, I was already overthinking and part of Allison s point is, you can t think your way through sexuality.Years later I met her and she looked into my eyes and said find the people who love you and feed them I have tried to live by her advice.


    22. Love me some Dorthy Allison Funny, no bullshit, tells it as she sees it And I often really appreciate the point of view she sees it from Possibly the best author on class that I ve read But it s also been a long time since I read this one, and I don t remember much than that.


    23. Understand me, I am one of those dangerous ones I have never wanted to be rich I have always wanted a great deal I have always wanted to remake the world, and that is a much greedy, far reaching ambition than cash.


    24. After Bastard, Skin situated my read Alison let me have a queerness I hadn t known in my high heels and long hair before she revealed herself and her work in ways the academy tells us we cannot.


    25. Dorothy Allison is so cool and fearless, strong and truthful I love reading everything she writes Read this again in 2013 Mostly I m just thinking the same thing, but also wouldn t it be cool if she lived in my neighborhood.


    26. This may be one of my favorite books Allison s writing is just so beautiful, and tackles intense topics in a way I haven t seen before Definitely a book to lend to friends, and to re read when the world feels like too much.


    27. Finished this book and another by Dorothy Allison during our blizzard I was trapped in my house for three days This is a great book exploring the life and views of the author I really helped be to understand her background, politics and experiences that are portrayed in her novels.


    28. This book has steeped in sociology so get your boots on to wade through some of it It s great and i would recommend it to people who like her work, people who read not just to pass the time, people who get it.


    29. I went straight to Powell s Books after hearing Dorothy Allison read one night last year from a piece was was working on and bought this collection of essays, which are marvelous I d read Bastard Out of Carolina when it first came out, and thought it was an amazing novel.



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