Are You My Mother - A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

By Alison Bechdel

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From the best-selling writer of enjoyable domestic, Time magazine’s No. 1 booklet of the 12 months, a brilliantly informed photo memoir of Alison Bechdel turning into the artist her mom desired to be.

Alison Bechdel’s enjoyable domestic used to be a popular culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a moment exciting story of filial sleuthery, this time approximately her mom: voracious reader, tune lover, passionate beginner actor. additionally a lady, unhappily married to a closeted homosexual guy, whose creative aspirations simmered lower than the skin of Bechdel's adolescence . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter stable evening, endlessly, whilst she was once seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for solutions in regards to the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered seek that leads readers from the interesting lifestyles and paintings of the long-lasting twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to at least one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss representation, to Bechdel’s personal (serially monogamous) grownup love lifestyles. And, eventually, again to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that might circulate and astonish all grownup teenagers of proficient mothers.

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By Alison Bechdel

From Amazon :

From the best-selling writer of enjoyable domestic, Time magazine’s No. 1 booklet of the 12 months, a brilliantly informed photo memoir of Alison Bechdel turning into the artist her mom desired to be.

Alison Bechdel’s enjoyable domestic used to be a popular culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a moment exciting story of filial sleuthery, this time approximately her mom: voracious reader, tune lover, passionate beginner actor. additionally a lady, unhappily married to a closeted homosexual guy, whose creative aspirations simmered lower than the skin of Bechdel's adolescence . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter stable evening, endlessly, whilst she was once seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for solutions in regards to the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered seek that leads readers from the interesting lifestyles and paintings of the long-lasting twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to at least one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss representation, to Bechdel’s personal (serially monogamous) grownup love lifestyles. And, eventually, again to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that might circulate and astonish all grownup teenagers of proficient mothers.

NB : this can be my first add, please remark if difficulties

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63–5 of Carol Barko’s translation Inside, New York: Schocken Books, 1986. The French passage is on pp. 97–101 of Dedans, Paris: Grasset, 1969. 20 THE HÉLÈNE CIXOUS READER A mouth with a firm line is speaking to the bowl of undelineated night. The mouth is speaking to me, inside me however, I see its firm lips forming speech. I see a mouth speaking inside me, I do not see myself, I am black, filled with a soft pliable substance, an unlimited mass, silent, vibrant. The lips in profile articulate vigorously: their color?

Then I opened the closet where I’d forgotten all the dresses I’d gone through in my life, from the pink crepe de Chine with a bees’ nest pattern which had never smelled like honey, and which I slipped on, my nostrils flaring as the skirt slipped over my head, to the dress I’m wearing today for my death. My dress is blue like the sea where my body has grown, slept, aged; it’s a young girl’s dress. Inside I’m laughing. I lie down on the bed, under the becalmed and peaceful ceiling. My dress floats and balloons about my thighs, bursts out laughing, turns dark, goes green at the edges, froths just above my knees, I am wearing sea and I gently seaweed my green hair.

3 The quotation, translated literally here from the French, is from Hamlet, II. ii. 385– 6: “I am but mad north-north-west. ] 4 Edgar Allan Poe. [Cixous] Inside INSIDE 19 Dedans—translated into English as Inside—is Hélène Cixous’ first full-length work of fiction. Published in 1969, the same year as her doctoral thesis L’Exil de James Joyce ou l’art du remplacement—The Exile of James Joyce or the Art of Replacement, and preceded only by the collection of short stories Le Prénom de Dieu—“The First Name of God,” it won the French literary Médicis prize for that year.

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