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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels

Considering the Role of Kitsch

Authors: in 't Veld, Laurike

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  • Offers a new perspective on issues around genocide representation through the lens of kitsch, which is an under-examined concept in comics scholarship and genocide representation studies
  • Uses a comparative approach with a corpus that spans several genocide narratives, showing some of the key issues at stake in the representation of genocide
  • Includes analyses of under-researched graphic novels, and provides a new perspective on Maus
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About this book

This book mobilises the concept of kitsch to investigate the tensions around the representation of genocide in international graphic novels that focus on the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In response to the predominantly negative readings of kitsch as meaningless or inappropriate, this book offers a fresh approach that considers how some of the kitsch strategies employed in these works facilitate an affective interaction with the genocide narrative. These productive strategies include the use of the visual metaphors of the animal and the doll figure and the explicit and excessive depictions of mass violence. The book also analyses where kitsch still produces problems as it critically examines depictions of perpetrators and the visual and verbal representations of sexual violence. Furthermore, it explores how graphic novels employ anti-kitsch strategies to avoid the dangers of excess in dealing with genocide. The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels will appeal to those working in comics-graphic novel studies, popular culture studies, and Holocaust and genocide studies.

About the authors

Laurike in 't Veld is a lecturer at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and a research associate at the Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Reviews

“What sets Laurike in 't Veld’s work apart, giving her analysis and contribution a distinct and exciting angle, is its introduction of ‘kitsch’ as a theoretical tool. Here the concept is applied to comics that tackle difficult, sensitive, and emotionally charged events and memories in relation to genocide. in 't Veld convincingly demonstrates the value of ‘kitsch’ for understanding certain representational strategies of comics, and astutely appraises the limitations of such strategies. This is a scholarly work that genuinely opens opportunities for application and further discussion.” (Nina Mickwitz, University of the Arts London, UK and author of Documentary Comics: Graphic Truth-Telling in a Skeptical Age (Palgrave 2016))

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03626-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03625-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels
Book Subtitle
Considering the Role of Kitsch
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03626-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03626-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03625-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 230
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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