Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thesis Ideas

Sorry these are later than expected!  

I used all of your ideas and a few of my own.  Some are full theses, others are just random thoughts - to try and stimulate your imagination!

Good luck!

  • Throughout Fun Home and Blankets, the authors use illustration very differently to convey emotion.
  • The parent-child relationships in both books are represented in very different ways.
  • Thompson's whimsical, dream-like (or, Bechdel's realistic, textual) illustrations are far more effective as tools to tell a story.
  • Thompson's memoir is almost timeless, while Bechdel's is fixed.
  • Bechdel portrays herself realistically, while Thompson's self-portrayal was abstract.  (You may want to expand on this one.)
  • Being less/more abstract, Bechdel's/Thompson's illustrations do a better job of portraying emotion/movement/a sense of time.
  • The abstract nature of Thompson's illustrations and poetic language create a dream-like atmosphere, while Bechdel's detailed, realistic panels suggest a more solid reality.
  • Think about the differences/similarities in how the two authors portray:
  1. Authority Figures
  2. Weather
  3. Faces
  4. Books
  5. The Written Word (Representations of Text)

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