A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
Author: Alison Bechdel
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Coming of age
"When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes."--
Author: Judith Kegan Gardiner
Publisher: Approaches to Teaching World L
Release Date: 2018-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Offers pedagogical techniques for teaching the nonfiction graphic novel Fun Home by Alison Bechdel in college courses in literature, women's and gender studies, and art, including considerations of autobiography theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, literary and historical allusions, and the work's musical adaptation. Gives syllabus suggestions for undergraduate and graduate courses.
Author: Albert Camus
Release Date: 1997
Und ein Stein zwischen Steinen, ging er in der Freude seines Herzens wieder in die Wahrheit der unbeweglichen Welten ein. In einer beherrschten sinnlichen Prosa beschriebt Camus die geliebte algerische Landschaft, die mediterrane Sonne, den tiefblauen Himmel, die glühende Erde, die erlösende See, aber auch das Gefühl der Entfremdung und das vertraute Verhältnis zum Tod.
This thesis will examine how Alison Bechdels 2006 graphic memoir "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" uses references to William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and their works to explore Bechdels and her fathers sexual identities and gender identities. First, I will argue that Bechdels use of dramatic intertextuality is often ignored in favour of her use of modernist canonical fiction. Then I will proceed to explain why dramatic intertextuality is important for the graphic narrative and for Fun Home in particular. Afterwards, I will specifically focus on the dramatic intertextual references to Shakespeare and Wilde. I will argue that Bechdel explores her own gender identity by indirectly referencing Shakespeares use of theatrical transvestitism. Then I will argue that she explores her fathers sexuality by comparing him to Oscar Wilde and the homosexual archetypes he used in his plays. I will conclude my thesis with a discussion on how Bechdel employs indirect and direct dramatic intertextual references and what these references convey about her gender identity and her fathers sexual identity.
Author: David Small
Release Date: 2012
Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir. One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. In Stitches, Small, the award-winning children's illustrator and author, re-creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David, a highly anxious yet supremely talented child, all too often became the unwitting object of his parents' buried frustration and rage. Believing that they were trying to do their best, David's parents did just the reverse. Edward Small, a Detroit physician who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son's respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David's cancer. Elizabeth, David's mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hidden. Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen, with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist, will resonate as the ultimate survival statement. A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again.
Der Mittlere Westen der USA, tiefste amerikanische Provinz. Die frühen 1990er-Jahre. Der menschenscheue Craig wächst in der rigiden Enge eines fundamental-christlichen Elternhauses auf. Während seine Mitschüler keine Gelegenheit verpassen, ihre Jugend auszuleben, wartet Craig im Grunde schon jetzt nur noch darauf, dass im Himmel alles besser wird. Bis er im Ferienlager Raina kennenlernt, die sein Leben für immer verändern soll.
Die zehnjährige Karen Reyes führt ein ganz besonderes Tagebuch: Neben ihren Alltagsbeobachtungen zeichnet sie Monster aus Trash-Horrorfilmen und alten Pulp-Magazinen. So bewältigt sie ihren Alltag in den USA der 1960er-Jahre und sammelt Spuren und Hinweise, die zur Aufklärung des Mordes an ihrer Nachbarin Anka Silverberg beitragen sollen. Emil Ferris verarbeitet in Am liebsten mag ich Monster ihre eigene Vorliebe für Horror-B-Movies und Grusel- Groschenhefte und bettet dies in eine Geschichte ein, die die sozialen Spannungen im Chicago der 1960er Jahre mit einer Geschichte des Erwachsenwerdens verknüpft. Fantastisches Artwork! Für den Hugo Award nominiert! Der Überraschungserfolg aus den USA!