Comic “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, writing homework help

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Read the PPT uploaded first then write the 3 discussions. The textbook is “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel. The discussion answers should be about “Fun Home”.

Text Introduction


Fun Home represents a more recent trend in graphic literature, which is the graphic memoir. Along with books like Blankets (in the library), these memoirs graphically depict real-life events. 

Fun Home in particular is a tale of gender, sexual orientation, and identity. It is a coming of age story, yes, but it is also a tale of acquiring self-understanding through, and sometimes in spite of, one’s parents. While sexual orientation and identity are at the forefront here, there are themes broad and general enough for anyone to relate to. 


Discussion Board #10: Social Identity in Fun Home

Now that you’ve reviewed the lesson on sociological criticism, it is time to familiarize yourself with a few of the prominent theories in sociology. Read the article on social identity at the following site: SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY

If the link doesn’t work, paste it into a new browser:

After reviewing the details of Tajfel’s theory of social identity, answer the following questions. The first will demonstrate your understanding of the theory. The second and third questions will test your ability to apply the theory to our text. 

1. Describe briefly the three mental processes we undergo when we evaluate those around us (answer found at the link). 

2. Identify a few of the groups our protagonist identifies with. Don’t simply list them. Describe them. How does our protagonist interact with these groups? How do we know she wants to be a part of these groups?

3. Identify some of the groups our protagonist’s father wants to identify with. Describe the groups. How does the father interact with these groups? Are there any groups he fails to join or become a part of? How/Why?

Do your best to answer all the questions listed.


Discussion Board #11: Reading Literary Criticism

You folks have had a few opportunities to learn about the various lenses and apply them to our previous works, but you have yet to read a healthy dose of literary criticism relating to our texts. Now’s a good time to really hunker down and observe how much professionals put into their analyses of graphic novels. 

Choose one of the following articles to read and answer the questions below. 

Here’s the deal: the first article is complex, and reading/answering questions for article #1 will start you in the A range

The second article barely qualifies as literary criticism (it is more review/journalism). So completing that one will be easier, but will only get a top grade of B-



The questions are the same, no matter which article you use. Answer them well. 

Question #1: Well, it isn’t really a question. Summarize the article you read (be sure to identify which one you read in the title of your post as well). Five sentences minimum. 

Question #2: What is the author’s central argument? (Do not tell me it is hard to say because so much is being said. Identify what you think the central argument is).


Discussion Board #12: Locating and Applying Theory to a Text

So you’ve applied theories to texts, but that’s all been canned to a degree, pre-packaged theories that work well with certain texts. Now it is time to start from scratch. 

Research is characterized by bouts of trial and error. You find a book you like, but can’t find any theories or lenses that appear to apply. Sometimes you find a theory but you have a difficult time applying it to a text. 

Well, in this case the book has already been selected (Fun Home). But now, you need to find a psychological theory and apply it to Fun Home.

You can’t use Id, Ego, and Superego.

You can’t use Erikson’s 8 psychosocial stages of development. 

How do you find a psychological theory? Consider Google searching “Psychological Theories.” You should find plenty. 

You could also conduct a more focused search. You know Fun Home deals with gender and sexual identity. So, with that in mind you could Google search “Psychological theories, gender” or “Psychological theories, sexual identity.”


Tell us about the theory. Give us the name of the theory and the theorist who created it. Give us a brief explanation of what the theory means. THEN, tell us how it might be applied to Fun Home.

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