Kashtan Publishes Article on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Second-year Brittain Fellow Aaron Kashtan’s article “My mother was a typewriter: Fun Home and the importance of materiality in comics studies” is now available as an online preprint from the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and should be available in print form in 2014. Based on a close reading of Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, the article argues that comics scholars need to pay more attention to how material parameters such as lettering and publication design affect the reader’s experience of the comics text. Current Brittain Fellow Dr. Rachel Dean-Ruzicka and former Brittain Fellow Dr. Roger Whitson (now at Washington State University) assisted Dr. Kashtan in developing this essay, which forms the kernel of a planned book project on materialities of comics.

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