May 7, 2014
Professor Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, has made The Rolling Stone Magazine “Top 50” list of “non-superhero” graphic novels.
Intensity, thy name is Gloeckner. This 2002 novel, about a young woman’s often-traumatic coming of age in 1970s San Francisco, is a complicated combination of standard written-through passages, comic strips and illustrations; it’s about as far you can go into the realm of the novel without entirely relying on prose. Is it autobiography? Is it fiction? Either way, it is a tough, necessary read.