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The Comics of Alison BechdelFrom the Outside In$
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Janine Utell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825773

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825773.001.0001

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Serializing the Self in the Space between Life and Art

Serializing the Self in the Space between Life and Art

(p.xiii) Introduction Serializing the Self in the Space between Life and Art
The Comics of Alison Bechdel

Janine Utell

University Press of Mississippi

The Comics of Alison Bechdel is the first full-length volume dedicated to the comics art of Alison Bechdel, beginning with her early work on the long-running serial comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and including original scholarship on her acclaimed memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?. This introductory essay orients readers to Bechdel’s career—her childhood in Beech Creek, her involvement in LGBTQ activism and lesbian comix, her move inward towards life writing, and the mainstream cultural recognition prompted by the adaptation of Fun Home into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—as well as to current trends in Bechdel scholarship. The chapter focuses on the themes of intimacy and the self in Bechdel’s work.

Keywords:   Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home, Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel, Lesbian comix, Life writing

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