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Kashtan, Aaron: "My mother was a typewriter. Fun Home and the importance of materiality in comics studies." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.1 (2013), S. 92–116. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2012.718290
BibTeX citation key: Kashtan2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Fun Home", Autobiographie, Bechdel. Alison, Comicforschung, Format, Materialität, Metaisierung, USA
Creators: Kashtan
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Abstract
This essay distinguishes itself from previous work on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (2007) by virtue of its attention to the material and medial qualities of this text. Based on a reading of materiality in Fun Home, I argue that comics scholars need to pay greater attention to how material and technological parameters shape the experience of reading comics. Fun Home foregrounds questions of typography (specifically the difference between handwriting and typewriting) and of the physical form of books. By doing so, it self-reflexively calls the reader’s attention to its own typography and its own physical appearance. As such, Fun Home exemplifies the usefulness for comics studies of what Katherine Hayles calls ‘media-specific analysis’. My reading of Fun Home thus illustrates the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue between comics studies and media studies.
  
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