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Dirty Work: A Vietnam Novel, 1989–1990

Jean W. Cash

in Larry Brown: A Writer's Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739800
eISBN:
9781604739862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Larry Brown’s novel Dirty Work, and how he got the idea for this novel after his uncle’s death. He later identified Dirty Work as the most difficult of his books to write. The ... More


Fireman-Writer, Bad Boy Novelist, King of Grit Lit: “Building” Larry Brown(s) at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Keith Perry

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the evolution of the Larry Brown(s) that the publisher Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill “built” for promotional campaigns, and which reviewers and the press then “built” for ... More


Implicating the Reader: Dirty Work and the Burdens of Southern History

Robert Donahoo

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 1989 novel Dirty Work, focusing on how it asks readers to willingly identify with the appalling situation that the central character, Walter James, ... More


Theories of Organizing, Secrecy, and Stigma

Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr

in Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781479859290
eISBN:
9781479875597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479859290.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter presents important theoretical contexts for understanding life in legal brothels, including hidden organizations, dirty work, stigma, privacy, and secrecy. Many organizations hide ... More


Selling Intimacy: Emotional Experiences of Sex Work

Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr

in Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781479859290
eISBN:
9781479875597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479859290.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

In this chapter, the authors examine how practices of secrecy inform emotion management and support-seeking behaviors. The findings suggest that concealment practices serve protective functions, ... More


Larry Brown: A Firefighter Finds His Voice

Joe Samuel Starnes

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the life and work of Larry Brown. Born in 1951, Brown grew up in rural Lafayette County, Mississippi, the land on which William Faulkner based his fictional Yoknapatawpha ... More


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