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The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches
edited by Samantha Baskind and Ranen Omer-Sherman
contributions by Erin McGlothlin, Brad Praeger, Miriam Harris, Cheryl Malcolm, Paul Eisenstein, Marla Harris, Ariel Kahn, Alon Raab, Miriam Libicki, Samantha Baskind, Laurence Roth, Ranen Omer-Sherman, Jeremy Dauber, Josh Lambert, Roxanne Harde and Lisa Mulman
foreword by J. Waldman
Rutgers University Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8135-4775-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4367-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-5119-7
Library of Congress Classification PN6714.J49 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 741.53529924


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 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 industryùsuch as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, and Joann Sfarùthe 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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