In the Queer Archive: Fun Home

  title={In the Queer Archive: Fun Home},
  author={Valerie Rohy},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  pages={361 - iv}
  • Valerie Rohy
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
This essay examines figures of archives in Alison's Bechdel's 2006 memoir Fun Home—the museum-like family house, the father's home library, Alison's childhood diary, and the public libraries she frequented as a young adult—as occasions for reimagining the queer potentiality of historical narrative. While the memoir begins with a schematic distinction between fact and falsehood, nature and artifice, later chapters revise that view, in part by identifying within the queer archive the… 

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