Utell, Janine (Hg.): The Comics of Alison Bechdel. From the Outside In. (Critical Approaches to Comics Artists.) Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2020. (250 S.)
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ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4968-2577-3
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Keywords: Bechdel. Alison, Collection of essays, USA
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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Alison Bechdel is both a driver and beneficiary of the welcoming of comics into the mainstream. Indeed, the seemingly simple binary of outside/inside seems perpetually troubled throughout the career of this important comics artist, known for Fun Home, Are You My Mother? and Dykes to Watch Out For. This volume extends the body of scholarship on her work from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. In a definitive collection of original essays, scholars cover the span of Bechdel’s career, providing insights on major themes in Bechdel’s work, such as gender performativity, masculinity, lesbian politics and representation, trauma, life writing, and queer theory.
Situating Bechdel among other comics artists, this book charts possible influences on her work, probes the experimental traits of her comics in their representations of kinship and trauma, combs archival materials to gain insight into Bechdel’s creative process, and analyzes her work in community building and space making through the comics form.
Ultimately, the volume shows that Bechdel’s work consists of performing a series of selves—serializing the self, as it were—each constructed and refracted across and within her chosen artistic modes and genres.
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