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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Engendering Friendship: Exploring Jewish and Vampiric Boyhood in Joann Sfar’s Little Vampire

Engendering Friendship: Exploring Jewish and Vampiric Boyhood in Joann Sfar’s Little Vampire

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(p.233) 15 Engendering Friendship: Exploring Jewish and Vampiric Boyhood in Joann Sfar’s Little Vampire
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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
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Rebecca A. Brown

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0016

This chapter presents a reading of Joann Sfar's Little Vampire (2008), which chronicles the escapades of a diminutive monster and his preteen Jewish friend Michael. It demonstrates that Little Vampire brings vampires, Judaism, and masculinity into an illuminating convergence. The result is a text that implicitly provides a recuperative contribution to vampire studies by empowering two fictionally and culturally demonized figures through a friendship that challenges the constraints of normative western masculinity. Although most children between the ages of nine and eleven, the recommended American reading age for Little Vampire, will not understand how Sfar rewrites a metaphor with anti-Semitic overtones by making a Jewish boy and a vampire friends, they will readily appreciate the protagonists' highly comedic adventures and the child-friendly themes that emerge from the text.

Keywords:   Joann Sfar, graphic novel, Little Vampire, children's literature, vampires, Judaism, masculinity

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