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Preface by Carole DeSanti i Acknowledgments viii Introduction 1 Part I. Trauma, Transformations and Transgressions 'A Child Is Being Beaten': Dorothy Allison's Testimony of Trauma and Abuse 9 in Bastard Out of Carolina -Suzette A. Henke, University of Louisville The Transformational Power of Shame: Masturbation, Religion, and 29 White Trash Myths in Bastard Out of Carolina -Tania Friedel, New York University Vengeance is Fleeting: Masculine Transgressions in the Works of Dorothy Allison 55 -Laurie Vickroy, Bradley University Part II. Literary and Critical Connections Meeting at a Barbecue: Dorothy Allison, Zora Neale Hurston, and 71 Apocalyptic Literary Miscegenation -Julia C. Ehrhardt, University of Oklahoma Embracing Pariahdom: The Bastard Theme in Dorothy Allison's 91 Bastard Out of Carolina -Carolyn Kraus, University of Michigan-Dearborn Part III. Violence and the Body 'Shotgun Strategies': Working Class Literature and Violence 113 -Renny Christopher, California State University, Channel Islands The Burden of Surviving: The Ambiguous Body in Dorothy Allison's Fiction 129 -Sherryl Vint, St. Francis Xavier University Dorothy Allison: A Critical Bibliography 159 Index 163Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Wertheimer, Max, 1880-1943, Psychologists United States Biography, Psychologists Germany Biography, Gestalt psychology History