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Fun Home

Fun Home
A Family Tragicomic

by Alison Bechdel

  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9780618871711
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Approaches to Teaching Bechdel’s Fun Home

Approaches to Teaching Bechdel’s Fun Home
A Book

by Judith Kegan Gardiner

  • Publisher : Modern Language Association
  • Release : 2018-10-01
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 1603293604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic has quickly joined the ranks of celebrated literary graphic novels. Set in part at a family-run funeral home, the book explores Alison’s complicated relationship with her father, a closeted gay man. Amid the tensions of her home life, Alison discovers her own lesbian sexuality and her talent for drawing. The coming-of-age story and graphic format appeal to students. However, the book’s nonlinear structure; intertextuality with modernist novels, Greek myths, and other works; and frank representations of sexuality and death present challenges in the classroom. This volume offers strategies for teaching Fun Home in a variety of courses, including literature, women’s and gender studies, art, and education. Part 1, “Materials,†outlines the text’s literary, historical, and theoretical allusions. The essays of part 2, “Approaches,†emphasize the work’s genres, including autobiography and graphic narrative, as well as its psychological dimensions, including trauma, disability, and queer identity. The essays give options for reading Fun Home along with Bechdel’s letters and drafts; her long-running comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For; the Broadway musical adaptation of the book; and other stories of LGBTQ lives.

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home
A Cultural History of Feminist Theater

by Carey Purcell

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release : 2019-12-15
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 1538115263
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Theatre has long been considered a feminine interest for which women consistently purchase the majority of tickets, while the shows they are seeing typically are written and brought to the stage by men. Furthermore, the stories these productions tell are often about men, and the complex leading roles in these shows are written for and performed by male actors. Despite this imbalance, the feminist voice presses to be heard and has done so with more success than ever before. In From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theatre, Carey Purcell traces the evolution of these important artists and productions over several centuries. After examining the roots of feminist theatre in early Greek plays and looking at occasional works produced before the twentieth century, Purcell then identifies the key players and productions that have emerged over the last several decades. This book covers the heyday of the second wave feminist movement—which saw the growth of female-centric theatre groups—and highlights the work of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, and Wendy Wasserstein. Other prominent artists discussed here include playwrights Paula Vogel Lynn and Tony-award winning directors Garry Hynes and Julie Taymor. The volume also examines diversity in contemporary feminist theatre—with discussions of such playwrights as Young Jean Lee and Lynn Nottage—and a look toward the future. Purcell explores the very nature of feminist theater—does it qualify if a play is written by a woman or does it just need to feature strong female characters?—as well as how notable activist work for feminism has played a pivotal role in theatre. An engaging survey of female artists on stage and behind the scenes, From Aphra Behn to Fun Home will be of interest to theatregoers and anyone interested in the invaluable contributions of women in the performing arts.

Graphic Subjects

Graphic Subjects
Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels

by Michael A. Chaney

  • Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
  • Release : 2011-03-01
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN : 0299251039
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Some of the most noteworthy graphic novels and comic books of recent years have been entirely autobiographical. In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels, including such critically acclaimed examples as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, David Beauchard’s Epileptic, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese. These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates. The volume insightfully highlights the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and life stories into their work. The result is a challenging and innovative collection that reveals the combined power of autobiography and the graphic novel.

Fun Home

Fun Home
A New Broadway Musical

by Lisa Kron,Jeanine Tesori

  • Publisher : Samuel French, Incorporated
  • Release : 2017-07-21
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN : 9780573704796
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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These songs represent the inspiring new voices of the American Musical Theatre scene. You'll be transported into the living rooms of the brightest, most cutting-edge writers where you'll discover fresh rhymes and catchy melodies that usher Musical Theatre into the 21st century. Curated by award-winning writers and founders of NewMusicalTheatre.com, Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan.

Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives

Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives
A Book

by Dana Mihăilescu,Roxana Oltean,Mihaela Precup

  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 2014-06-12
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN : 1443861626
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This volume collects work by several European, North American, and Australian academics who are interested in examining the performance and transmission of post-traumatic memory in the contemporary United States. The contributors depart from the interpretation of trauma as a unique exceptional event that shatters all systems of representation, as seen in the writing of early trauma theorists like Cathy Caruth, Shoshana Felman, and Dominick LaCapra. Rather, the chapters in this collection are in conversation with more recent readings of trauma such as Michael Rothberg’s “multidirectional memory” (2009), the role of mediation and remediation in the dynamics of cultural memory (Astrid Erll, 2012; Aleida Assman, 2011), and Stef Craps’ focus on “postcolonial witnessing” and its cross-cultural dimension (2013). The corpus of post-traumatic narratives under discussion includes fiction, diaries, memoirs, films, visual narratives, and oral testimonies. A complicated dialogue between various and sometimes conflicting narratives is thus generated and examined along four main lines in this volume: trauma in the context of “multidirectional memory”; the representation of trauma in autobiographical texts; the dynamic of public forms of national commemoration; and the problematic instantiation of 9/11 as a traumatic landmark.

Broadway Musicals

Broadway Musicals
Show by Show

by Stanley Green,Cary Ginell

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2019-12-15
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN : 1493050710
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This updated edition of one of the bestselling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, first published in 1985, has been expanded to include many of the most important and memorable productions of American musical theater, including revivals. Arranged chronologically, beginning with musicals from just after the Civil War, each successive edition of the book has added valuable updates about trends in musical theater as well as capsule features on the most significant musicals of the day. The ninth edition documents important musicals produced since the end of the 2012–2013 season through spring 2019. Broadway Musicals, Show by Show features a wealth of statistics and inside information, plus critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes that no Broadway fan will want to be without. Since its original publication, Broadway Musicals has proved to be an indispensable addition to any Broadway aficionado's library.

Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives

Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives
A Book

by Sebastian Domsch,Dan Hassler-Forest,Dirk Vanderbeke

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 2021-07-05
  • Pages : 644
  • ISBN : 3110446960
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Whether one describes them as sequential art, graphic narratives or graphic novels, comics have become a vital part of contemporary culture. Their range of expression contains a tremendous variety of forms, genres and modes − from high to low, from serial entertainment for children to complex works of art. This has led to a growing interest in comics as a field of scholarly analysis, as comics studies has established itself as a major branch of criticism. This handbook combines a systematic survey of theories and concepts developed in the field alongside an overview of the most important contexts and themes and a wealth of close readings of seminal works and authors. It will prove to be an indispensable handbook for a large readership, ranging from researchers and instructors to students and anyone else with a general interest in this fascinating medium.

Handbook of Autobiography / Autofiction

Handbook of Autobiography / Autofiction
A Book

by Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 2019-01-29
  • Pages : 2220
  • ISBN : 3110279819
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre from antiquity to the present time. General questions of the literary as, e.g., the relation between literature and reality, truth and fiction, the dependency of author, narrator, and figure, or issues of individual and cultural styles etc., can be studied preeminently in the autobiographical genre. Yet, the tradition of life-writing has, in the course of literary history, developed manifold types and forms. Especially in the globalized age, where the media and other technological / cultural factors contribute to a rapid transformation of lifestyles, autobiographical writing has maintained, even enhanced, its popularity and importance. By conceiving autobiography in a wide sense that includes memoirs, diaries, self-portraits and autofiction as well as media transformations of the genre, this three-volume handbook offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in an international and interdisciplinary perspective. While autobiography is usually considered to be a European tradition, special emphasis is placed on the modes of self-representation in non-Western cultures and on inter- and transcultural perspectives of the genre. The individual contributions are closely interconnected by a system of cross-references. The handbook addresses scholars of cultural and literary studies, students as well as non-academic readers.

Arresting Development

Arresting Development
Comics at the Boundaries of Literature

by Christopher Pizzino

  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release : 2016-09-06
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN : 1477309799
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mainstream narratives of the graphic novel’s development describe the form’s “coming of age,” its maturation from pulp infancy to literary adulthood. In Arresting Development, Christopher Pizzino questions these established narratives, arguing that the medium’s history of censorship and marginalization endures in the minds of its present-day readers and, crucially, its authors. Comics and their writers remain burdened by the stigma of literary illegitimacy and the struggles for status that marked their earlier history. Many graphic novelists are intensely aware of both the medium’s troubled past and their own tenuous status in contemporary culture. Arresting Development presents case studies of four key works—Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Charles Burns’s Black Hole, and Gilbert Hernandez’s Love and Rockets—exploring how their authors engage the problem of comics’ cultural standing. Pizzino illuminates the separation of high and low culture, art and pulp, and sophisticated appreciation and vulgar consumption as continual influences that determine the limits of literature, the status of readers, and the value of the very act of reading.

Gained Ground

Gained Ground
Perspectives on Canadian and Comparative North American Studies

by Eva Gruber,Caroline Rosenthal

  • Publisher : Camden House
  • Release : 2018-10-31
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN : 1571134247
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Compares the cultural productions of Canada and the US - literature, but also film, opera, and even theme parks - providing a reassessment of Canadian Studies within a comparative framework.

Reading Autobiography

Reading Autobiography
A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives

by Sidonie Smith,Julia Watson

  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN : 0816669856
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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projects, and an extensive bibliography. --Book Jacket.

Confronting Visuality in Multi-Ethnic Women’s Writing

Confronting Visuality in Multi-Ethnic Women’s Writing
A Book

by A. Laflen

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2014-08-07
  • Pages : 199
  • ISBN : 1137413042
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Considering new perspectives on writers such as Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, and Louise Erdrich, Confronting Visuality in Multi-ethnic Women's Writing traces a cross-cultural tradition in which contemporary female writers situate images of women within larger contexts of visuality.

Lessons Drawn

Lessons Drawn
Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels

by David D. Seelow

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2019-04-23
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 1476671583
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Imagine a classroom where students put away their smart phones and enthusiastically participate in learning activities that unleash creativity and refine critical thinking. Students today live and learn in a transmedia environment that demands multi-modal writing skills and multiple literacies. This collection brings together 17 new essays on using comics and graphic novels to provide both a learning framework and hands-on strategies that transform students’ learning experiences through literary forms they respond to.

The Comics of Alison Bechdel

The Comics of Alison Bechdel
From the Outside In

by Janine Utell

  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2020-01-15
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN : 1496825810
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Contributions by Michelle Ann Abate, Leah Anderst, Alissa S. Bourbonnais, Tyler Bradway, Natalja Chestopalova, Margaret Galvan, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Katie Hogan, Jonathan M. Hollister, Yetta Howard, Katherine Kelp-Stebbins, Don L. Latham, Vanessa Lauber, Katherine Parker-Hay, Anne N. Thalheimer, Janine Utell, and Susan R. Van Dyne 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, placing her groundbreaking early work within the context of her more well-known recent projects. The contributors provide new 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.

Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige

Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige
A Book

by Colleen Kennedy-Karpat,Eric Sandberg

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2017-09-07
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN : 3319528548
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explores the intersection between adaptation studies and what James F. English has called the “economy of prestige,” which includes formal prize culture as well as less tangible expressions such as canon formation, fandom, authorship, and performance. The chapters explore how prestige can affect many facets of the adaptation process, including selection, approach, and reception. The first section of this volume deals directly with cycles of influence involving prizes such as the Pulitzer, the Man Booker, and other major awards. The second section focuses on the juncture where adaptation, the canon, and awards culture meet, while the third considers alternative modes of locating and expressing prestige through adapted and adaptive intertexts. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of adaptation, cultural sociology, film, and literature.

Modernism Today

Modernism Today
A Book

by Sjef Houppermans,Pete Liebregts,Jan Baetens,Otto Boele

  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release : 2013-10-25
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN : 9401209952
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book manifests at least four recent shifts and tendencies within Modernist studies in general that point at the expansion of this increasingly interdisciplinary field. First, Modernist studies has seen a temporal expansion, to the extent that scholars in the field have come to turn to both the pre- and posterior history of Modernism. Second, the field has witnessed a spatial expansion, in that increasingly so researchers have also come to scrutinize the Modernisms of regions at the fringes of Europe, and beyond. Thirdly, a vertical expansion too has marked Modernist studies in recent decades, not only by further expanding the canon of women writers and exploring the continuum between high- and lowbrow, but also by looking at the artistic and mediatized hierarchies and cross-fertilizations operative in the period. A fourth conceptual expansion of the field shows that whereas concepts such as “middlebrow”, “arrière-garde”, and to some extent even “avant-garde”, were once exotic notions of at best marginal importance in European Modernist studies, they now form part and parcel of the field, complicating and expanding it conceptually.

Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Plays by Women

Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Plays by Women
The Early Twenty-First Century

by Penny Farfan,Lesley Ferris

  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release : 2021-07-22
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN : 047205435X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Explores how women playwrights illuminate the contemporary world and contribute to its reshaping

Fun at Home

Fun at Home
How to Make Indoor and Outdoor Games

by Ray J. Marran

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1938
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New Directions in 21st-Century Gothic

New Directions in 21st-Century Gothic
The Gothic Compass

by Lorna Piatti-Farnell,Donna Lee Brien

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-04-24
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN : 1317609026
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book brings together a carefully selected range of contemporary disciplinary approaches to new areas of Gothic inquiry. Moving beyond the representational and historically based aspects of literature and film that have dominated Gothic studies, this volume both acknowledges the contemporary diversification of Gothic scholarship and maps its changing and mutating incarnations. Drawing strength from their fascinating diversity, and points of correlation, the varied perspectives and subject areas cohere around a number of core themes — of re-evaluation, discovery, and convergence — to reveal emerging trends and new directions in Gothic scholarship. Visiting fascinating areas including the Gothic and digital realities, uncanny food experiences, representations of death and the public media, Gothic creatures and their popular legacies, new approaches to contemporary Gothic literature, and re-evaluations of the Gothic mode through regional narratives, essays reveal many patterns and intersecting approaches, forcefully testifying to the multifaceted, although lucidly coherent, nature of Gothic studies in the 21st Century. The multiple disciplines represented — from digital inquiry to food studies, from fine art to dramaturgy — engage with the Gothic in order to offer new definitions and methodological approaches to Gothic scholarship. The interdisciplinary, transnational focus of this volume provides exciting new insights into, and expanded and revitalised definitions of, the Gothic and its related fields.