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Bastard Out of Carolina Essay | Critical Essay #2

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Critical Essay #2

In the following review of Bastard Out of Carolina, Kenan says that while Allison's characters and plot sometimes cross into stereotype, she often exhibits fine skill nonetheless.

Flannery O'Connor once observed of the "Southern School" of writing, in an essay called "The Fiction Writer and His Country," that "more often the term conjures up an image of Gothic monstrosities and the idea of a preoccupation with everything deformed and grotesque. Most of us are considered, I believe, to be unhappy combinations of Poe and Erskine Caldwell." Thirty-odd years later, despite the sparkling research centers, black Congressmen, skyscrapers galore and designer water by the barrel-full, Southern writers are still haunted by these eccentric archetypes. And few works are more entrenched in that myths than Dorothy Allison's latest effort, Bastard Out of Carolina.

This is not to say that her novel is hackneyed or grotesque; rather that, in dealing with...

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