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Shameful, Impure Art: Robert Crumb’s Autobiographical Comics and the Confessional Poets

From: Biography
Volume 35, Number 4, Fall 2012
pp. 627-649 | 10.1353/bio.2012.0045



Cartoonist Robert Crumb’s work echoes confessional poetry. Crumb, John Berryman, and Sylvia Plath metaphorically adopt the personae of oppressed minority figures. Along with this identification with the oppressed other, Crumb and Plath exhibit a curious and disquieting relationship with power and oppression