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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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You Must Look at the Personal Clutter

You Must Look at the Personal Clutter

Diaristic Indulgence, Female Adolescence, and Feminist Autobiography

(p.207) You Must Look at the Personal Clutter
Drawing from Life

Alisia Chase

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the importance of quotidian traumas and the emotional confusions of lived experience by analyzing the works of Phoebe Gloeckner, Debbie Drechsler, and Julie Doucet. Known for their stories of young women’s lives and for their individual comics, Gloeckner, Drechsler, and Doucet create powerful visual and textual metaphors for the visceral experiences of their early womanhood. All three carry on the legacy of Carolee Schneemann and her second-wave feminist peers. This chapter looks at the most powerful resonance of Schneemann’s themes, particularly that of “diaristic indulgence,” in Gloeckner, Drechsler, and Doucet. It also considers the notions of female adolescence and autobiography in the context of feminism.

Keywords:   comics, Phoebe Gloeckner, Debbie Drechsler, Julie Doucet, young women, Carolee Schneemann, diaristic indulgence, adolescence, autobiography, feminism

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