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Humphrey, Aaron: "The Cult of Krazy Kat. Memory and Recollection in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." In: The Comics Grid 7.8 (2017), <https://www.comicsgrid. ... rticles/10.16995/cg.97/> (27. Juli 2017) 
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Resource type: Web Article
Languages: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.16995/cg.97/
BibTeX citation key: Humphrey2017a
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Keywords: "Krazy Kat", Archive, Benjamin. Walter, Comic strip, Herriman. George, Memoria, Myth, Reception, USA
Creators: Humphrey
Collection: The Comics Grid
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George Herriman’s comic strip Krazy Kat has been discussed in mythic terms for more than half a century. This article argues that much of this ‘mythology’ has not been founded on the material itself, but rather on memories and recollections of readers and critics. Using Walter Benjamin’s notions of cult value and exhibition value, this article investigates the historical circumstances that shaped the most prominent of these recollections to show how writers like Gilbert Seldes and E. E. Cummings shaped the myth of Krazy Kat to create an ‘aura’ of genius around a work that was largely inaccessible to most readers.
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