Call for Papers. The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In

Posted by Janine Utell on 27 Jun, 2016
Bechdel, Alison (2006) Fun Home (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 83 Bechdel, Alison (2006) Fun Home (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 83   Call for Papers The Comics of Alison Bechdel:  From the Outside In “The Comics of Alison Bechdel:  From the Outside In” is a proposed volume in the series Critical Approaches to Comics Artists at the University Press of Mississippi.  This volume will contain an array of critical essays on the comics of Alison Bechdel, offering new examinations of her entire body of work. The collection takes as its starting point the phrase “from the outside in,” and proposes to look at Bechdel from several perspectives:  Bechdel as an outsider and her changing position in the world of comix/comics and beyond; her investigation of interior life and its relationship to the outside world; and her many modes of drawing, writing, and performing queerness.  Essays from interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged, including critical approaches from comics studies, art history, cultural studies, material culture, print culture, life writing, queer theory, trauma studies, psychoanalytic theory, history of sexuality, archive studies, and adaptation studies. Essays that engage Bechdel in light of the following topics would be particularly welcome (although this list is by no means exhaustive or prescriptive; essays that address topics not listed here will be considered as well): Bechdel as outsider/in from the margins: alt-comix:  the world of Dykes to Watch Out For and how it changed the world of comics/comix Bechdel and alternative weeklies Bechdel and censorship Bechdel in the classroom/Bechdel and pedagogy Bechdel in the academy/the Bechdel industry Bechdel the bestseller Interiors and the outside world: imagined spaces/places/objects furniture and design architecture autography/memoir/life writing trauma/mourning inside the archive sexuality and subjectivity Drawing, writing, performing queerness: the many modes of Alison Bechdel:  blogging, interviews, adaptation, photography, film and Hollywood cinema (the Bechdel test) Bechdel and music:  popular, classical, queer Bechdel and Broadway:  music, adaptation, the tradition of comics on the stage Bechdel and the body:  gender normativity, butchness, bodybuilding Bechdel and performativity Bechdel and queer print culture LGBT history and activism Please send abstracts of at least 500 and no more than 1000 words, along with CV and contact information, to Janine Utell at by December 1.