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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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The Drama of Coming Out: Censorship and Drama by Raina Telgemeier

The Drama of Coming Out: Censorship and Drama by Raina Telgemeier

(p.205) 13 The Drama of Coming Out: Censorship and Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults

Eti Berland

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a reading of Raina Telgemieier's Drama, a graphic novel that focuses on a whirlwind theatrical production in a middle school, as well as the emotional complications and romantic mishaps of its company. Since its release in 2012, the graphic novel has received the Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table; a nomination for a Harvey Award for excellence in comics; and appearances on prestigious booklists like the Young Adult Library Services Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten among others. The chapter discusses the importance of including LGBTQ friendly comics in school and community libraries, and utilizes new constructions about gender-queer identity and nonheteronormative sexualities in the analysis of comics.

Keywords:   graphic novel, Raina Telgemeier, Drama, homosexuality, coming out

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