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Gender & Women's Studies

Autobiographical Graphics: reading the queer “I” in women’s life writing

Autobiographical Graphics: reading the queer “I” in women’s life writing
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wallis Hall
Public Texts MA Thesis Defence: Callie Metler

This thesis examines the work of queer women who author graphic autobiographical texts. Alison Bechdel, Sarah Leavitt, and Elizabeth Beier all employ the graphic medium to narrate their personal experiences with coming out, growing up, and navigating heteronormative spaces as lesbian or bisexual women. By studying the work of these three authors in tandem, this thesis functions to expand the archive of queer life by demonstrating that, even as queer life is made tangible in autobiographical writings, the ephemerality that marks the archives of queer life persists. Using feminist and queer theories, the study of abjection, archival studies, genre studies, and post-structuralist approaches to comics literatures, this thesis examines the body of the text, the body of the archive, and the bodies of the women that are contained within these structures to determine that queer women are creating a new tradition in graphic life writing.

Examining Committee:
Committee: Margaret Steffler (Supervisor), Karleen Pendleton-Jimenez
Internal Examiner: Joel Baetz
Chair: Elizabeth Popham

This event is open to the public but seating is limited

Posted on June 12, 2019