The University Press of Mississippi has decided to contract “The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In” for their series Critical Approaches to Comics Artists. We have a number of groundbreaking pieces lined up; here’s an excerpt from the prospectus:
This collection has two distinguishing features. First, it will cover the span of Bechdel’s career, situating her groundbreaking early work within the context of her (possibly) more well-known recent projects. Second, it will extend the body of scholarship on Bechdel by offering a variety of approaches from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives. Contributors’ essays are informed by performance and dance, information and network theory, rural studies, archival work and archive studies, cartography, psychoanalysis, and adaptation studies. New insight is provided on major themes in Bechdel scholarship, such as gender performativity, masculinity, lesbian politics and representation, trauma, and life writing.
Very much looking forward to working with the contributors, and the series editor David Ball, and of being part of a really exciting venture that includes important work on Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, and Charles Schultz.