A cartoonist and graphic memoirist, Alison Bechdel will speak on campus Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Textor 102. Her lecture is titled: “Dykes, Dads, and Moms to Watch Out For: The illustrated life of Alison Bechdel.”
The lecture is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and includes support from Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Education Outreach and Services; Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies; Department of Writing; and Department of Journalism.
About Alison Bechdel:
Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. And her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers.
Bechdel self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For for twenty-five years, from 1983 to 2008. The award-winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms. magazine)
In 2006 she published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Time magazine named it the Best Book of 2006, describing the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been adapted into a musical by the playwright Lisa Kron and the composer Jeanine Tesori. It opened Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in September 2013 and ran through several extensions. A Broadway transfer is being planned for 2015, but has not been finalized.
In her work, Bechdel is preoccupied with the overlap of the political and the personal spheres, the relationship of the self to the world outside. Her 2012 memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama delved into not just her relationship with her own mother, but the theories of the 20th century British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott.
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