Are you my mother? : a comic drama (Book, 2012) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Are you my mother? : a comic drama

Author: Alison Bechdel
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Graphic memoir about Bechdel's troubled relationship with her distant, unhappy mother and her experiences with psychoanalysis, with particular reference to the work of Donald Winnicott.
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Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Autobiography
Comics (Graphic works)
Comic books, strips, etc
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Alison Bechdel; D W Winnicott; Alison Bechdel; Alison Bechdel; Alison Bechdel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Bechdel
ISBN: 9780618982509 0618982507 9780544002234 0544002237
OCLC Number: 780063960
Description: 286 [4] pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The ordinary devoted mother --
Transitional objects --
True and false self --
Mind --
Hate --
Mirror --
The use of an object.
Responsibility: Alison Bechdel.

Abstract:

Graphic memoir about Bechdel's troubled relationship with her distant, unhappy mother and her experiences with psychoanalysis, with particular reference to the work of Donald Winnicott.

A memoir told in graphic novel form of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Bechdel's mother was a voracious reader, music lover, and passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood ... and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

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