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Paul Williams and James Lyons

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737929

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.001.0001

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“That Mouse’s shadow”: The Canonization of spiegelman’s maus

“That Mouse’s shadow”: The Canonization of spiegelman’s maus

(p.210) Chapter Thirteen “That Mouse’s shadow”: The Canonization of spiegelman’s maus
The Rise of the American Comics Artist

Andrew Loman

University Press of Mississippi

Published in two volumes in 1986 and 1991, Maus is a Holocaust narrative by Art Spiegelman that has precipitated a broad reassessment of the artistic potential of the comic book. Its success has led the American media to realize the potential of comics for intellectual and artistic sophistication like any other art form. Maus has garnered the attention of literary critics and has been the subject of numerous scholarly publications. This chapter examines the canonization of Maus through its inclusion in the anthologies published by W. W. Norton, Inc., such as Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1st ed., 1997), The Norton Anthology of Jewish American Literature (1st ed., 2001), and The Norton Anthology of American Literature (7th ed., 2007). It also considers the book’s affinities with postmodern fiction and the literary criticism it has generated with regard to its representation of the Holocaust, its treatment of gender, and its use of the beast allegory. Finally, the chapter looks at the underlying racism of such allegories as understood by Spiegelman in relation to American cartoons.

Keywords:   comics, Maus, Holocaust, Art Spiegelman, canonization, anthologies, literary criticism, beast allegory, racism, cartoons

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