Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A List of Literary, Mythical, Cultural Allusions

See also Alison Bechdel’s artist’s website (Dykes to Watch Out For)

The following is an (as of yet) incomplete list of important literary, cultural, and mythical allusions/mentions/themes in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.  

Please feel free to add to the list!








Wallace Stevens’ poem “Sunday Morning”

James Joyce’s novel Ulysses (a modernist rewriting of Homer’s epic The Odyssey)

Albert Camus’ novel A Happy Death

Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


Theory (especially about lesbianism, feminism):

Adrienne Rich

Kate Millett

Film, TV: 

It’s A Wonderful Life

The Addams Family

Second-Wave Feminism, Lesbian History:

Adrienne Rich

Kate Millett

Stonewall riots

1920s Paris Left Bank lesbian literary salon scene, Sylvia Beach Shakespeare and Co. book shop) and Adrienne Monnier


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