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Allison, Dorothy with Blanche McCrary Boyd. “Dorothy Allison, Crossover Blues.” Nation (5 July 1993): 20, 22.
Allison discusses the effects her lesbianism has on many different aspects of her life.
Allison, Dorothy with David L. Ulin. “An Open Book.” Los Angeles Times (24 April 1998): E1.
Allison discusses her childhood, her days as a militant feminist, and her present-day lifestyle and beliefs.
Anshaw, Carol. “Crying on the Inside.” Advocate (17 March 1998): 62.
Anshaw commends Cavedweller as a celebration of women's strength through adversity.
Brown, Elizabeth A. “You Can Go Home, If You're Sorry and Overcome the Hurt.” Christian Science Monitor (11 March 1998): 15.
Brown argues that Cavedweller can be read as a more hopeful version of Bastard Out of Carolina.
Champagne, Rosaria. “Passionate Experience.” Women's Review of Books 13, No. 3 (December 1995): 14–15.
Champagne examines Allison's descriptions of overcoming personal tragedies in Two or Three Things I Know for Sure.
Gilmore, Leigh. “Bastard Testimony: Illegitimacy and Incest in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina.” In The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony, pp. 45–70. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.
Gilmore analyzes the fictitious and the autobiographical elements in Bastard Out of Carolina.
Horvitz, Deborah. “‘Sadism Demands a Story’: Oedipus, Feminism, and Sexuality in Gayl Jones's Corregidora and Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina.” Contemporary Literature 39, No. 2 (Summer 1998): 238–61.
Horvitz compares and contrasts the effects of sexual, physical, and emotional violence on the protagonists of Jones's Corregidora and Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, describing the resources that both protagonists utilize in an attempt to gain control of their lives.
Hull, Dana. “Dorothy Allison, Rebel Belle.” Washington Post, No. 354 (24 November 1995): D1–D2.
Hull examines Allison's various works and excerpts dialogue from Allison that illuminates her opinions on child abuse, incest, sexual orientation, and stereotypes of working-class Southerners.
Robinson, Roxana. “A Poet's Letters, Silent Movies and the Blues: A review of Cavedweller.” Washington Post Book World (5 April 1998): 1, 10.
Robinson offers a positive assessment of Cavedweller.
Roeder, K. K. “Carolina on Her Mind.” San Francisco Review of Books 16, No. 4 (April 1991): 21–22.
Roeder offers a generally positive assessment of Bastard Out of Carolina, including excerpts from an interview with Allison.
Additional coverage of Allison's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 140; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 66; Contemporary Southern Writers; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Feminist Writers; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Ed. 1; Novels for Students, Vol. 11; and Reference Guide to American Literature.