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Graphic Novels as Philosophy$
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Jeff McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813275

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.001.0001

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Queering Epistemology and the Odyssey of Identity in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Queering Epistemology and the Odyssey of Identity in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

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(p.130) Queering Epistemology and the Odyssey of Identity in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
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Graphic Novels as Philosophy
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Ian MacRae

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Alison Bechdel—now a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and one of the most famous lesbian artists in America. The adaptation of her first graphic memoir, Fun Home, debuted as a musical on Broadway in New York in April 2015, and won five Tony Awards in June of that same year. Subtitled “a family tragicomic,” this is an autobiographical text. It tells Alison's story of growing up and coming out, and of her relationship with her family, and above all with her father, a queer man who may have committed suicide, and who apparently lived a closeted, unhappy existence.

Keywords:   Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, lesbian artists, family tragicomic, autobiographical text, coming out, queer

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