• Spiegelman Studies Part 2 of 2: Breakdowns, No Towers and the Rest of the Canon

    Author(s):
    Philip Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, GS Comics and Graphic Narratives, LLC Jewish American
    Subject(s):
    American literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    21st Century Literature, comics, September 11th, Underground Comics, Jewish American
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6Z016
    Abstract:
    Art Spiegelman is one of the most-discussed creators in Comic Book Studies. His Pulitzer-winning work Maus (1980 and 1991) was, alongside The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Watchmen (1987), the catalyst to a sea change in the commercial and critical fortunes of the alternative comic book during the mid-1980s. It has been a landmark text in critical discourse on comics ever since. The purpose of this and its companion paper is to offer a synthesis and reinvestigation of both the existing critical literature on Spiegelman aswell as, perhaps most importantly, the lacunae within that literature. The aims of these two papers, then, are two-fold: firstly, to establish where we have got to and, secondly, to suggest some directions for the future of Spiegelman scholarship. The first paper concerned Maus. This, the second of the two, is devoted to In The Shadow of No Towers (2004), Breakdowns (1977 and 2008), and Spiegelman’s other works.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1111/lic3.12263
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Journal:
    Literature Compass
    Volume:
    12
    Issue:
    10
    Start Page:
    509
    End Page:
    516
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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