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    Graphic Lesbian Continuum: Ilana Zeffren

    Bauer, Heike (2013) Graphic Lesbian Continuum: Ilana Zeffren. In: Lightman, S. (ed.) Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews. Jefferson, U.S.: McFarland, pp. 98-109. ISBN 9780786465538.

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    This chapter examines the work of Tel Aviv based cartoonist and graphic artist Ilana Zeffren, who publishes a weekly column in the entertainment magazine Achbar Hair. Entitled Rishumon – or “little sketch” – it is autobiographically inspired, featuring Zeffren, her girlfriend and their two speaking cats, Rafi and Spageti. The orientation of the cartoons – their lesbian starting points for considering, to borrow the words of Sara Ahmed, “how we come to find our way in a world that acquires new shapes, depending on which way we turn” – lends Zeffren’s work a particular critical currency. I argue that Zeffren's comics are both evidence of, and a contribution to, what I call a “graphic lesbian continuum”: a visual language that gives centrality to female same-sex life, challenging the cultural and critical imperatives to overlook female-identified sexuality.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): comics, Jewish women, lesbian, Ilana Zeffren
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Heike Bauer
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 09:29
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:31


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