Vital Lines Drawn From Books: Difficult Feelings in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

@article{Bauer2014VitalLD,
  title={Vital Lines Drawn From Books: Difficult Feelings in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Are You My Mother?},
  author={Heike Bauer},
  journal={Journal of Lesbian Studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={18},
  pages={266 - 281}
}
  • H. Bauer
  • Published 27 June 2014
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of Lesbian Studies
This article examines the representation of a transnational archive of queer books in Alison Bechdel's graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? for the insights it provides into the role of reading in making sense of the often difficult “felt experiences” of lesbian life. In both memoirs, books serve an important narrative function in the portrayal of Alison's lesbian identification and its complex emotional entanglements with the lives of parents who are trapped—killed even, in the case… 
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