Fear and Fantasy: Intersections of Horror and Sexuality in Bastard out of Carolina

There is a thrill to be had in frightening experiences; this explains the popularity of horror films, roller coasters, and haunted house tours. So many people embrace their fears in order to achieve their desired thrill. In the novel Bastard out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison intertwines themes of sexuality and fear, showing how danger can … Read moreFear and Fantasy: Intersections of Horror and Sexuality in Bastard out of Carolina

Dorothy Allison’s Creation of the Post-Modern Appalachian Woman

Dorothy Allison’s novel Bastard Out of Carolina tells the story of ‘white-trash’ girl Bone Boatwright and her “no-good, lazy, shiftless” family (3). The novel explores some of the most common myths and realities plaguing the Appalachian region such as poverty, incest, and domestic abuse. Specifically, Allison confronts the institutional system of gender relations through all … Read moreDorothy Allison’s Creation of the Post-Modern Appalachian Woman