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Drawing from LifeMemory and Subjectivity in Comic Art$
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Jane Tolmie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039058

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039058.001.0001

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Allusive Confessions

Allusive Confessions

The Literary Lives of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

(p.3) Allusive Confessions
Drawing from Life

David M. Ball

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines self-representation in comics, with emphasis on the intertextuality of Alison Bechdel’s created self as well as the conflation of allusion and confession in her 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home. Known for its depictions of homosexuality and an artist’s coming of age and coming out, Fun Home highlights the intersections of comics, art history, and literature. By participating in a tradition of contemporary lesbian memoir, Fun Home extends an American literary confessional genealogy dating back to Puritan conversion and African-American captivity narratives. This chapter analyzes the literary allusions in Fun Home, particularly its use of allusive confessions that straddle the personal and the public, the lived and the literary.

Keywords:   self-representation, comics, intertextuality, Alison Bechdel, allusion, confession, memoir, Fun Home, homosexuality, art history

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