From Aphra Behn to Fun Home

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home

A Cultural History of Feminist Theater Carey Purcell. 47. Patrick Healy, “Cast of 'Fun Home' Heading to South Carolina amid Dispute over Book,” New York Times, April 17, 2014. Accessed January 5, 2019, ...

Author: Carey Purcell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538115268

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Theatre has long been considered a feminine interest for which women consistently purchase the majority of tickets, while the shows they are seeing typically are written and brought to the stage by men. Furthermore, the stories these productions tell are often about men, and the complex leading roles in these shows are written for and performed by male actors. Despite this imbalance, the feminist voice presses to be heard and has done so with more success than ever before. In From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theatre, Carey Purcell traces the evolution of these important artists and productions over several centuries. After examining the roots of feminist theatre in early Greek plays and looking at occasional works produced before the twentieth century, Purcell then identifies the key players and productions that have emerged over the last several decades. This book covers the heyday of the second wave feminist movement—which saw the growth of female-centric theatre groups—and highlights the work of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Pam Gems, and Wendy Wasserstein. Other prominent artists discussed here include playwrights Paula Vogel Lynn and Tony-award winning directors Garry Hynes and Julie Taymor. The volume also examines diversity in contemporary feminist theatre—with discussions of such playwrights as Young Jean Lee and Lynn Nottage—and a look toward the future. Purcell explores the very nature of feminist theater—does it qualify if a play is written by a woman or does it just need to feature strong female characters?—as well as how notable activist work for feminism has played a pivotal role in theatre. An engaging survey of female artists on stage and behind the scenes, From Aphra Behn to Fun Home will be of interest to theatregoers and anyone interested in the invaluable contributions of women in the performing arts.
Categories: Performing Arts

Graphic Subjects

Graphic Subjects

Alison Bechdel's autographic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ( ) is such a text, a provocative exploration of sexuality, gendered relations in the American family, and Modern- ist versions of what she calls “erotic truth” ...

Author: Michael A. Chaney

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299251031

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 339

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Some of the most noteworthy graphic novels and comic books of recent years have been entirely autobiographical. In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels, including such critically acclaimed examples as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, David Beauchard’s Epileptic, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese. These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates. The volume insightfully highlights the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and life stories into their work. The result is a challenging and innovative collection that reveals the combined power of autobiography and the graphic novel.
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels

Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Plays by Women

Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Plays by Women

On the adaptation process, see Joanna Mansbridge, “Adapting Queerness, Queering Adaptation: Fun Home on Broadway,” in Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige, ed. C. Kennedy- Karpat and E. Sandberg (New York: Palgrave, ...

Author: Penny Farfan

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472054350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 326

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Explores how women playwrights illuminate the contemporary world and contribute to its reshaping
Categories: Performing Arts

Fifty Key Stage Musicals

Fifty Key Stage Musicals

Personal Interview, 26 Mar. 2020. Bano, Tim. “Fun Home Review.” The Stage, 27 June 2018. www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/fun-home-review-at-young-vic-london--astaggering-work-of-art. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020. Bechdel, Alison. “Fun Home!

Author: Robert W. Schneider

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000555189

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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This volume in the Routledge Key Guides series provides a round-up of the fifty musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater discourse in the English-speaking world. Each entry summarises a show, including a full synopsis, discussion of the creators' process, show's critical reception, and its impact on the landscape of musical theater. This is the ideal primer for students of musical theater – its performance, history, and place in the modern theatrical world – as well as fans and lovers of musicals.
Categories: Performing Arts

Feminism s Queer Temporalities

Feminism s Queer Temporalities

These claims to a queering of familial, historical, and literary genealogy are integral to Fun Home. Yet, I find it surprising, given Bechdel's interest in genealogies throughout the narrative, that claims to Fun Home's queerness are ...

Author: Sam McBean

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317643913

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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Despite feminism’s uneven movements, it has been predominantly understood through metaphors of generations or waves. Feminism's Queer Temporalities builds on critiques of the limitations of this linear model to explore alternative ways of imagining feminism’s timing. It finds in feminism’s literary and cultural archive narratives of temporality that might now be diagnosed as queer, where queer designates modes of being historical that exceed the linear and the generational. Few theorists have looked to popular feminist figures, literature, and culture to theorize feminism’s timing. Through methodologically creative readings, McBean explores non-generational, anti-linear, and asynchronous time in the figure of Antigone, Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, the film Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains, Valerie Solanas and SCUM Manifesto, and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. The first to substantially bring together the ways in which time has come to matter in both feminist and queer disciplines, this book will appeal to students and scholars of feminist, queer and gender studies, cultural studies and literary studies.
Categories: Social Science

Adaptation Awards Culture and the Value of Prestige

Adaptation  Awards Culture  and the Value of Prestige

As a literary work situated at the intersection of autobiography, graphic novel, bildungsroman, and queer coming of age, Fun Home was an appealing fit for general university reading lists. However, including Fun Home on reading lists ...

Author: Colleen Kennedy-Karpat

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319528540

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

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This book explores the intersection between adaptation studies and what James F. English has called the “economy of prestige,” which includes formal prize culture as well as less tangible expressions such as canon formation, fandom, authorship, and performance. The chapters explore how prestige can affect many facets of the adaptation process, including selection, approach, and reception. The first section of this volume deals directly with cycles of influence involving prizes such as the Pulitzer, the Man Booker, and other major awards. The second section focuses on the juncture where adaptation, the canon, and awards culture meet, while the third considers alternative modes of locating and expressing prestige through adapted and adaptive intertexts. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of adaptation, cultural sociology, film, and literature.
Categories: Performing Arts

Handbook of Autobiography Autofiction

Handbook of Autobiography   Autofiction

Julia Watson is right when she states: “A memoir about memoirs, memory, and acts of storytelling, Fun Home is at all times an ironic and self-conscious life narrative” (2008, 27). It is evident that the closure Bechdel gives to the ...

Author: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110279818

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 2220

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Autobiographical writings have been a major cultural genre from antiquity to the present time. General questions of the literary as, e.g., the relation between literature and reality, truth and fiction, the dependency of author, narrator, and figure, or issues of individual and cultural styles etc., can be studied preeminently in the autobiographical genre. Yet, the tradition of life-writing has, in the course of literary history, developed manifold types and forms. Especially in the globalized age, where the media and other technological / cultural factors contribute to a rapid transformation of lifestyles, autobiographical writing has maintained, even enhanced, its popularity and importance. By conceiving autobiography in a wide sense that includes memoirs, diaries, self-portraits and autofiction as well as media transformations of the genre, this three-volume handbook offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical approaches, systematic aspects, and historical developments in an international and interdisciplinary perspective. While autobiography is usually considered to be a European tradition, special emphasis is placed on the modes of self-representation in non-Western cultures and on inter- and transcultural perspectives of the genre. The individual contributions are closely interconnected by a system of cross-references. The handbook addresses scholars of cultural and literary studies, students as well as non-academic readers.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives

Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives

In this chapter I use the name “Alison” to refer to the author's autobiographical avatar in Fun Home, whereas I use Bechdel to refer to the author figure of the text. I also use the term “récitatif” to refer to the extra-diegetic ...

Author: Dana Mihăilescu

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443861625

Category: Education

Page: 410

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This volume collects work by several European, North American, and Australian academics who are interested in examining the performance and transmission of post-traumatic memory in the contemporary United States. The contributors depart from the interpretation of trauma as a unique exceptional event that shatters all systems of representation, as seen in the writing of early trauma theorists like Cathy Caruth, Shoshana Felman, and Dominick LaCapra. Rather, the chapters in this collection are in conversation with more recent readings of trauma such as Michael Rothberg’s “multidirectional memory” (2009), the role of mediation and remediation in the dynamics of cultural memory (Astrid Erll, 2012; Aleida Assman, 2011), and Stef Craps’ focus on “postcolonial witnessing” and its cross-cultural dimension (2013). The corpus of post-traumatic narratives under discussion includes fiction, diaries, memoirs, films, visual narratives, and oral testimonies. A complicated dialogue between various and sometimes conflicting narratives is thus generated and examined along four main lines in this volume: trauma in the context of “multidirectional memory”; the representation of trauma in autobiographical texts; the dynamic of public forms of national commemoration; and the problematic instantiation of 9/11 as a traumatic landmark.
Categories: Education

Doing the Time Warp

Doing the Time Warp

37 Kron and Tesori, Fun Home, 8. 38 Ibid., 7. 39 Ibid., 12, emphasis in the original. 40 Whitfield, 'Disrupting Heteronormative Temporality', 9. 41 Rebecca Applin Warner, 'Musematic Relationships in Jeanine Tesori's Score for Fun Home', ...

Author: Sarah Taylor Ellis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350151710

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Doing the Time Warp explores how song and dance – sites of aesthetic difference in the musical – can 'warp' time and enable marginalized and semi-marginalized fans to imagine different ways of being in the world. While the musical is a bastion of mainstream theatrical culture, it also supports a fan culture of outsiders who dream themselves into being in the strange, liminal timespaces of its musical numbers. Through analysing musicals of stage and screen – ranging from Rent to Ragtime, Glee to Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music – Sarah Taylor Ellis investigates how alienated subjects find moments of coherence and connection in musical theatre's imaginaries of song and dance. Exploring an array of archival work and live performance, such as Larry Gelbart's papers in the UCLA Performing Arts Collections and the shadowcast performances of Los Angeles's Sins o' the Flesh, Doing the Time Warp probes the politics of musicals and consider show the genre's 'strange temporalities' can point towards new futurities for identities and communities in difference.
Categories: Performing Arts

Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives

Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives

Indeed, Bechdel's notoriety, both critically and academically, has had little to do with Dykes or with her 2012 counterpart to Fun Home, the memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, neither of which to date has successfully achieved the ...

Author: Sebastian Domsch

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110446838

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 644

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Whether one describes them as sequential art, graphic narratives or graphic novels, comics have become a vital part of contemporary culture. Their range of expression contains a tremendous variety of forms, genres and modes − from high to low, from serial entertainment for children to complex works of art. This has led to a growing interest in comics as a field of scholarly analysis, as comics studies has established itself as a major branch of criticism. This handbook combines a systematic survey of theories and concepts developed in the field alongside an overview of the most important contexts and themes and a wealth of close readings of seminal works and authors. It will prove to be an indispensable handbook for a large readership, ranging from researchers and instructors to students and anyone else with a general interest in this fascinating medium.
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels