Smith, Philip: "Drawing Vladek, staging Shylock. Art Spiegelman’s Maus in American Holocaust discourse." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 10.2 (2019), S. 197–209.
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Keywords: "Maus", Holocaust, Intertextuality, Judaism, Literature, Shakespeare. William, Spiegelman. Art, Theatre, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
This essay explores the parallels between the character of Vladek in Art Spiegelman’s Maus and certain stage incarnations of Shylock from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Spiegelman’s Maus, I contend, invokes Shakespeare’s famous Jewish moneylender to challenge dominant American Holocaust memory. Invoking the theatrical tradition of representing Shylock as a credibly complex character, Maus specifically generates a counter-discourse to the paradigmatic representation of the Holocaust survivor as the flat character of hero-saint.
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