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Lynda Barry

January 6, 2012

To continue my thought from the post below regarding Graphic Women, I wrote a short piece about how the women described in Chute’s book use comics and graphic narratives to resolve their demons. Here is an excerpt from that piece:

Lynda Barry (100 Demons); Alison Bechdel (Fun Home); Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis). These women have depicted their personal stories through an aesthetic and voice all their own and are individually and collectively changing the nature of the medium. These graphic narratives, are autobiographical memoirs that materialize the physical, emotional and psychological violence from domestic childhood environments. Representing themselves and documenting real life events through both writing and drawing, their works challenge readers to confront difficult and uncomfortable subject matter such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as oppression and war. Representing the unrepresentable, these works are all painfully honest recollections of past memories that are laden with desire, pain, sadness, humour, resilience and truth. Refusing to be identified as victims of trauma, Barry, Bechdel, Gloeckner and Satrapi use the medium to give ownership to their lost childhood voices and to reconcile their pasts, while consciously looking towards the future and establishing their value and presence in the world.

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