Thursday, December 19, 2013
For Friday: Bechdel's Fun Home: The Demand of Autobiography
For tomorrow, read as much as you can of Fun Home, but I'm happy to let this spill over into Monday if need be. That said, you can do the Fun Home response for Thursday's class--you don't need to finish the book to do it--or, you can turn in the response as late as Monday. I'll accept questions posted on the blog as late as Monday as well.
Fun Home is the first novel by Bechdel, who became known through her 'strip', Dykes to Watch Out For, which is a humorous, yet very insightful comic that documents the lifes, loves, and social drama of a small community of friends. She worked on this strip for well over a decade (and might still be drawing it, I'm not sure), and her style advanced considerably until she arrived at the approachable, yet somewhat edgy style she employed in Fun Home. Bechdel is also known for being quite 'literary' in her references and overall approach to the form--unlike Stitches, it is very word-oriented. Her most recent book, Are You My Mother?, explores her relationship with her mother while weaving in other figures from the realms of literature and psychiatry.
Here's a link to an excellent interview with Bechdel from The Comics Journal, where she claims,
"I always felt like there was something inherently autobiographical about cartooning, and that’s why there was so much of it. I still believe that. I haven’t exactly worked out my theory of why, but it does feel like it almost demands people to write autobiographies."
This certainly seems to be true of the works in our class! Why is this, I wonder...?