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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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“Everyone Looks through Peepholes”

“Everyone Looks through Peepholes”

Voyeurism in The Voyeurs

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(p.164) “Everyone Looks through Peepholes”
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The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell
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Seamus O'Malley

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496820570.003.0008

Gabrielle Bell's The Voyeurs stages voyeurism in multiple ways. Bell's avatar of ten acts as a voyeur, peering at neighbors or passers by. Some times she is the object, not subject, of a gaze: both other characters, as well as the reader, often observe her as she goes about her daily routines. But sometimes readers are presented with a third aspect of voyeurism, which is what she sees. Instead of just watching her watch, sometimes the reader sees what she sees. Thus Bell presents us with her vision, as well as offering herself to our gaze. While we generally associate voyeurism with radical subjectivity, loneliness, and alienation, Bell offers her vision as an invitation to join in a community of watchers, as we become more a ware of what and how we see.

Keywords:   Gabrielle Bell, The Voyeurs, Voyeurism, Narratology, comics

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