Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2015

Capstone Advisor

Zachary Braiterman, Professor

Honors Reader

Karen Hall, Assistant Director Honors Program

Capstone Major

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component



Holocaust representation, graphic novel, comic books, Maus, X Men

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

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.

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