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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Zachary Braiterman, Professor
Karen Hall, Assistant Director Honors Program
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Arts and Science
Holocaust representation, graphic novel, comic books, Maus, X Men
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
American Literature | American Popular Culture | Jewish Studies
The following Capstone project documents my research into the topic of Holocaust representation in comic books and graphic novels. Comics are an oft-overlooked medium in academic circles, so there is a distinct lack of scholarly works examining comics outside the fields of pop culture studies or comics art studies. As a result, outside of works like Art Spiegelman’s Maus, the phenomenon of Holocaust representation in comics is relatively uncategorized and unexamined. It was my intention in this project to demonstrate that comics are a legitimate medium for depicting and analyzing the Holocaust both as a historical event and through the lenses of trauma and memory. I approached this goal by establishing a spectrum of the types of Holocaust representation in comics and presenting an in-depth analysis of a single representative work for each category on the spectrum, concluding with an examination of visual and stylistic trends within comics across the spectrum.
Mandel, Rachel Elizabeth, "From Maus to Magneto: Exploring Holocaust Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels" (2015). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 846.
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