This thesis focuses on the graphic novels "Are You My Mother?" and "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel. I discuss the ways in which Bechdel highlights her own family’s atypical structure and how the ambiguous presentation of familial roles causes readers to see that being in a “queer” family is actually ordinary, just as being in an “ordinary” family is queer.
Dr. Bill Albertini
First Advisor Department
Dr. Charles Coletta
Second Advisor Department
Priore, Anna, "Transcendence of Familial Expectations in Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Novels" (2017). Honors Projects. 252.