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Jokes and the Unconscious

A Graphic Novel

Illustrated by Diane DiMassa

About The Book

Heard the one about the dying father? In this savagely brilliant graphic novel by slam poet Daphne Gottlieb (Final Girl) and Hothead Paisan creator Diane DiMassa, a 19-year-old woman named Sasha loses her father to cancer and takes a job in the hospital where he had worked as a doctor. Moving from room to room with her clipboard of forms, Sasha encounters the insane, the suicidal, and the brave -- then returns to her office to look up all her friends' and enemies' medical records. Taking its title from Freud's Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, Gottlieb and DiMassa's first collaboration is both moving and darkly funny. Where comedy meets chemo, where mirth meets mortality, Jokes and the Unconscious explores the murky terrain of grief -- a shadowland of memory, sexual escape, and morbid snickering.

About The Author

Diane DiMassa is an American feminist artist, author and cartoonist. Her works include comics, illustrations, and a graphic novel.

About The Illustrator

Product Details

  • Publisher: Cleis Press (June 29, 2006)
  • Length: 168 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781573442503

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