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Autographic disclosures and genealogies of desire in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home.(Critical essay): An article from: Biography [HTML] [Digital]

Julia Watson

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Gillian Whitlock has observed the "potential of comics to open up new and troubled spaces" ("Autographics" 976). Alison Bechdel's autographic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) is such a text, a provocative exploration of sexuality, gendered relations in the American family, and Modernist versions of what she calls "erotic truth" (228). It both enacts and reflects on processes of autobiographical storytelling, and exploits the differences of autographic inscription in the art of cartooning. Bechdel is a well-known American feminist cartoonist who for over two decades has published the politically savvy lesbian-feminist syndicated comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For." (1) In taking up the graphic memoir form, she composes Fun Home in seven extended chapters that are beautifully...

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