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The Jewish graphic novel : critical approaches

"In the 1970s and 1980s, Jewish cartoonists such as Will Eisner were some of the first artists to use the graphic novel as a way to explore their ethnicity. Although similar to the comic book in format, graphic novels presented weightier subject matter at greater length in more expensive packaging, which appealed to an adult audience, representing the rise of a postmodern, global Jewish culture in the late twentieth century." "The Jewish Graphic Novel is a lively, interdisciplinary collection of essays that addresses critically acclaimed works in this subgenre of Jewish literary and artistic culture. Featuring insightful discussions of notable figures in the industry - such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, and Joann Sfar - the essays focus on how graphic novels are enlarging the aesthetic possibilities of Holocaust memoir and fiction, and to portray Jewish identity in America and abroad."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2008
Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2008
Comics criticism
xxvii, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
9780813543673, 9780813547756, 0813543673, 081354775X
Foreword: Comix, Judaism, and Me/ J. T. Waldman Introduction / Samantha Baskind / Ranen Omer-Sherman Part One. The Jewish American Experience Contemporary American Jewish Comic Books: Abject Pasts, Heroic Futures / Laurence Roth Comic Books, Tragic Stories: Will Eisner's American Jewish History / Jeremy Dauber ``Wanna watch the grown-ups doin' dirty things?'': Jewish Sexuality and the Early Graphic Novel / Josh Lambert ``Give `em another circumcision'': Jewish Masculinities in The Golem's Mighty Swing / Roxanne Harde Part Two. The Holocaust across Borders A Tale of Two Mice: Graphic Representations of the Jew in Holocaust Narrative / Lisa Naomi Mulman ``When time stands still'': Traumatic Immediacy and Narrative Organization in Art Spiegelman's Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers / Erin McGlothlin The Holocaust without Ink: Absent Memory and Atrocity in Joe Kubert's Graphic Novel Yossel: April 19, 1943 / Brad Prager Releasing the Grip of the Ghostly: Bernice Eisenstein's I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors / Miriam Harris Witness, Trauma, and Remembrance: Holocaust Representation and X-Men Comics / Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Part Three. The Graphic Novel outside the United States Imperfect Masters: Rabbinic Authority in Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat / Paul Eisenstein Borderlands: Places, Spaces, and Jewish Identity in Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat and Klezmer / Marla Harris From Darkness into Light: Reframing Notions of Self and Other in Contemporary Israeli Graphic Narratives / Ariel Kahn Ben Gurion's Golem and Jewish Lesbians: Subverting Hegemonic History in Two Israeli Graphic Novels / Alon Raab Part Four. Jewish Graphic Novelists in Their Own Words and Pictures A Conversation with Miriam Katin / Samantha Baskind A Conversation with Miriam Libicki / Ranen Omer-Sherman Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy! / Miriam Libicki Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index
"First paperback printing 2010"--Title page verso