A family tragicomic illustrates the plight of a lesbian growing up in a household filled with secrets in every nook and cranny. The book has successfully gained critical acclaims and also some controversy. An unusual 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 historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the familys victorian home, funeral home director, highschool english teacher, and closeted homosexual. Fun home is alison bechdels graphic memoir of her life growing up. Project muse reading lessons in alison bechdels fun. The first graphic narrative published by houghton mifflin, fun home. A family tragicomic, has been widely recognized for its literary sophistication.
Like marjane satrapis persepolis, its a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form. Fun home, subtitled a family tragicomic, is a 2006 graphic memoir by the american writer alison bechdel. Wildcard searching if you want to search for multiple variations of a word, you can substitute a special symbol called a wildcard for one or more letters. Jun 30, 2009 in this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, alison bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. Fun home is a graphic memoir by writer and cartoonist alison bechdel. A family tragicomic is a graphic memoir a work of nonfiction told in pictures by alison bechdel which recounts her coming out as a lesbian, her fathers repressed bisexuality, and the relationship between bechdel and her father. After a general introduction to the topic, the second part introduces the novel and its author. Fun home is a graphic memoir in which alison bechdel describes her childhood and early adulthood. Alison bechdels awardwinning graphic memoir, fun home.
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Its kind of monstrous to do what i did, to expose your family like that, says bechdel. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power. Fun home creator alison bechdel on turning a tragic childhood into a hit musical. Alison bechdel on fun home, the winspearbound musical that changed her life the groundbreaking musical based on her memoir is. Alison bechdel is the author of the bestselling memoir fun home. A family tragicomic is a graphic novel memoir by american. Distant and exacting, bruce bechdel was an english teacher and director of the town funeral home, which alison. Thwarted is a word one might apply to both bechdel s parents, and conformity versus freedom is always going to a subject up for discussion when it comes to sexuality. The more gratification we found in our own geniuses, the more isolated we grew.
The book addresses themes of sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, emotional abuse, dysfunctional. Like the most sturdy nouns fell to faint approximations under my pen. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read fun home. The role of gender and literature in alison bechdels fun home. Fun home delivers the tragedy in bechdels life with comedic aplomb, illustrating key scenes from her childhood and adolescence in a cartoon style that harks back to the comics that came before.
A discussion of the literary allusions in alison bechdels memoir graphic novel fun home. Alison bechdel has been a careful archivist of her own life and kept a journal since she was ten. A family tragicomic is a graphic memoir that led alison bechdel to commercial and critical success. Bechdel wrote a comic strip called dykes to watch out for for 25 years 19832008 and established herself as in her own words a counter cultural institution for lesbians and discerning non lesbians all over the planet. A family tragicomic is comicstrip artist alison bechdels memoir of her youth and her relationship with her father. The notion of the family unit and individual identity becomes fragmented and reimagined through numerous allusions to canonical modernist literature. In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, alison bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. Fun home creator alison bechdel on turning a tragic childhood. Called one of the preeminent oeuvres of the comics genre, period by ms, dykes is syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers and is collected into a book with a quarter million copies in print. It has won several award and was nominated for 2007 eisner awards. In this graphic memoir, alison bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. A family tragicomic book is telling about in this graphic memoir, alison bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. The role of gender and literature in alison bechdels fun. Bechdel builds the narrative around the tragic event of her fathers death. Reminiscent of art spiegelmans maus, fun home explores the relationship between alison and her closeted father, bruce bechdel, to shed light on themes such as gender, the comingout process, and the complicated dynamics of family life.
More specifically, fun home is the story of alisons coming of age while grappling with her lesbian gender identity and the way that identity differs from the expectations imposed on her by. Queer crossings and inversions in alison bechdels fun home. A family tragicomic by alison bechdel 9780618871711. Fun home a family tragicomic is the latest work from the highly skilled, insightful, neurotic and wryhumored pen of alison bechdel, best known for her dykes to watch out for comic strip. A family tragicomic is an autobiographical graphic novel by american comic writer and artist alison bechdel. The notion of the family unit and individual identity becomes fragmented and reimagined through numerous allusions to. Jun 05, 2007 in her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Fun home alison bechdel a family tragicomic by boris prado. Literary allusions in alison bechdels fun home by natalie. A family tragicomic, bechdels first graphic memoir, lobs her onto the same vaunted plane as harvey pekar, art spiegelman, and chris ware. Prior to its publication, bechdel was best known for her longrunning cult comic strip, dykes to watch out for, which followed a series of diverse characters between 1983 and 2008.
A family tragicomic, an awesome graphic novel by american cartoonist alison bechdel. Distant and exacting, bruce bechdel was an english teacher and director of the town funeral home, which alison and her family referred to as the fun home. Jun 08, 2006 alison bechdels comicform autobiography fun home. Sep 16, 2016 described by the times of london as a profound and important book fun home. A family tragicomic is a graphic memoir by alison bechdel tracing her journey from young girl to young adult as she comes to grips with her own lesbian sexuality, her father bruce s most likely suicide, and his secret homosexuality or bisexuality that he kept hidden throughout his life while having affairs with underage boys. Fun home is what she and her brothers called the familyowned funeral home her dad ran. First published in 2006, this graphic novel has received highly positive acclaim from critics. A family tragicomic houghton mifflin, 2006 im somewhat impressed that i somehow managed to read one of the new york times notable books of 2006 while its still 2006, and before they named it as a notable book. Fun home, subtitled a family tragicomic, is a 2006 graphic memoir by the american writer alison bechdel, author of the comic strip dykes to watch out for. A cult favorite in the comics world, alison bechdel has chronicled the lives of fictionalized characters in her dykes to watch out for comic strip since 1993. Putting the fun back in funeral and spicing it with tenderness, grit and regret, alison bechdels memoir fun home.
A family tragicomic is a 2006 graphic memoir by the american cartoonist alison bechdel, author of the comic strip dykes to watch out for. Fun home themes from litcharts the creators of sparknotes. The main focus of my analysis deals with the representation of gender ambiguity in the text. Nov 05, 2017 fun home creator alison bechdel on turning a tragic childhood into a hit musical. There he took over the family funeral business following the death of his own father, and took a job as a parttime teacher.
In spite of the events bechdel records throughout the family history for a. Everything you need to know about alison bechdel and fun home. Meanwhile, bechdel portrays tragic man in her moving, intense, and critically acclaimed autobiographical graphic memoir, fun home. The subtitle, a family tragicomic, reveals the tone of the story for the audience by insinuating the existence of adversary in bechdels family dynamics. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of fun home. A success when released in 2006, winning a stonewall book award and lambda literary award amongst others, it later became a musical and won multiple tony awards in 2015, including best musical. It chronicles the authors childhood and youth in rural pennsylvania, united states, focusing on her complex relationship with her father.
Drag as metaphor and the quest for meaning in alison bechdels. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 232 pages and is available in paperback format. A discussion of the literary allusions in alison bechdel s memoir graphic novel fun home. A family tragicomic grabs you from the first page and never lets go. The book addresses themes of sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, emotional abuse, dysfunctional family. Phrase searching you can use double quotes to search for a series of words in a particular order. Equal parts kunstlerroman, psychoanalytic case study, and literary criticism, alison bechdel s graphic memoir, fun home. Jun 22, 2006 a cult favorite in the comics world, alison bechdel has chronicled the lives of fictionalized characters in her dykes to watch out for comic strip since 1993. Alison bechdel this book takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family. Its like reading someones diary, because essentially it is someones diary, but this has to be the most. I suppose that a lifetime spent hiding ones erotic truth could have a cumulative renunciatory effect. The first edition of the novel was published in june 8th 2006, and was written by alison bechdel.
Alison bechdels cult following for her early comic strip dykes to watch out for expanded wildly for her family memoirs, the bestselling graphic memoir fun home, adapted into a tony awardwinning musical, and are you my mother. A family tragicomic is a graphic memoir by alison bechdel. A family tragicomic begins and ends with strong textual and visual images of her father. It focuses specifically on her parents, helen and bruce, and their role in her life. A family tragicomic by alison bechdel and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Its the story of her growing up, her coming of age. A family tragicomic, frames the development of a lesbian identity through the strategic use of visual and verbal representation of memories, interpretive acts, and the use of specific literary texts as transitional objects bookish and nostalgic, alison the narrator weaves. A family tragicomic which was named time magazines book of the year in 2006. Bechdel has been named a macarthur fellow and cartoonist laureate of vermont, among many other honors. This breakout book by alison bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitchperfectly illustrated with bechdels sweetly gothic drawings.
Described by the times of london as a profound and important book fun home. Queer crossings and inversions in alison bechdels fun. A family tragicomedy, alison bechdel books, jadore. As a child, bechdel always sensed something was off about her father. Young alison bechdel lives in pennsylvania with helen, bruce, and her little brothers christian and john. The books first full drawing on the title page of chapter one is, in fact, a recreation of an old photograph of the enigmatic man. A book like fun home, which blends the visually light style of a graphic novel with the emotionally challenging landscape of bechdels youth is just one more lens we can peer through, accepting, hopefully, both the hard truth and her compassion on the other side.
A family tragicomic is a graphic novel memoir by american cartoonist alison bechdel. Fun home alison bechdel a family tragicomic by emiliano. A family tragicomic and the essential dykes to watch out for article pdf available in contemporary women s writing 53. A family tragicomic, the graphic memoir published by alison bechdel in 2006, can be considered to be at the level of the acclaimed maus 1993 by art spiegelman and marjane satrapi. It was not until college that alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A family tragicomic by readbook 19 september 2017 a fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. Fun home summary from litcharts the creators of sparknotes. A family tragicomic ebook written by alison bechdel. A family tragicomic 2006, alison bechdel centers her narrative around gradual, episodic, natural convergence that transpires in tricky reverse narration that impels our entwined stories 203, 232. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughters complex yearning for her father. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.434 1286 411 497 568 269 847 666 905 435 189 516 1313 480 478 417 1263 1279 866 1480 904 259 1477 481 938 512 222 1506 156 564 1432 791 1021 671 305 485 1091 537