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The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle BellA Place inside Yourself$
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Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496820570

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496820570.001.0001

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Julie Doucet’s “Monkey and the Living Dead” as Subliminal Autobiography

Julie Doucet’s “Monkey and the Living Dead” as Subliminal Autobiography

(p.47) Julie Doucet’s “Monkey and the Living Dead” as Subliminal Autobiography
The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell

Natalie Pendergast

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter compares two of Julie Doucet’s comics stories: “The First Time” and “Monkey and the Living Dead.” Focusing on genre conventions, the chapter investigates the classification of the former comic as auto biography and of the latter as fiction. Side by side, the two stories of sexual becoming are in dialogue with one another, yoked by common visual symbols such as faucets, grates,and other abstract phallic and vaginal references. Building on Philippe Lejeune and Paulde Man, the chapter demonstrates Ann Miller’s theory of autobiographical bande dessinée. This chapter ultimately argues that while “The First Time” follows traditional, generic norms of auto biography, this reading of the fictional “Monkey and the Living Dead” reveals an alternative, subliminal account of the author’s feelings about her virginity loss, there by challenging the concept of auto biographical truth.

Keywords:   Julie Doucet, Autobiography, Philippe Lejeune, Paulde Man, bande dessinée

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