The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches

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Samantha Baskind, Ranen Omer-Sherman
Rutgers University Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 292 pages
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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 their pop culture counterpart, the comic book, graphic novels presented weightier subject matter in more expensive packaging, which appealed to an adult audience and gained them credibility as a genre.



The Jewish Graphic Novelis 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 the how graphic novels are increasingly being used in Holocaust memoir and fiction, and to portray Jewish identity in America and abroad.



Featuring more than 85 illustrations, this collection is a compelling representation of a major postmodern ethnic and artistic achievement.
  

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Contents

02 Chapter 2
22
03 Chapter 3
43
04 Chapter 4
64
05 Chapter 5
83
06 Chapter 6
94
07 Chapter 7
111
08 Chapter 8
129
09 Chapter 9
144
12 Chapter 12
198
13 Chapter 13
214
14 Chapter 14
235
15 Chapter 15
244
16 Chapter 16
253
17 Further Reading
275
18 Notes on Contributors
279
19 Index
283

10 Chapter 10
161
11 Chapter 11
181

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About the author (2010)

Samantha Baskind is an associate professor of art history at Cleveland State University. She is the author ofRaphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art.

Ranen Omer-Sherman is Gabelli Senior Scholar of Arts and Sciences and an associate professor of English at the University of Miami. He is the author ofIsrael in Exile: Jewish Writing and the Desert.

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