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Art Spiegelman: Maus

Pettitt, Joanne (2021) Art Spiegelman: Maus. In: Domsch, Sabastian and Hassler-Forest, Dan and Vanderbeke, Dirk, eds. Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives. de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-044661-6. E-ISBN 978-3-11-044696-8. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:89395)

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This article aims to provide an introduction to Art Spiegelman’s Maus (1986, 1991). It considers Spiegelman’s work as a piece of Holocaust commemoration, foregrounding the various narratives of loss and fragmentation that the text produces. I follow Erin McGlothlin’s understanding of the narrative structure as existing on three distinct levels: the diegetic level of Vladek’s story; the middle layer that focuses on Art’s relationship with his parents; and the “outer layer” (2003: 182) that is concerned with Art’s own processes of narrative construction. Relating these various layers to the production of different narratives of trauma, I show that the text works as a commemorative piece by foregrounding themes of loss and fragmentation.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Holocaust; Postmemory; Memory; Life Writing; Commemoration
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Joanne Pettitt
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 15:04 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2021 13:36 UTC
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Pettitt, Joanne.

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