Tag: Art Spiegelman

Memory and Representation in Maus

When we remember things, we aren’t aware of how much are representations of the past can be altered by time and the discourses surrounding us. Art Spiegelman’s Maus deals with autobiographical recollections of the past. Specifically, Art Spiegelman’s father Vladek provides a narrative about his hardships in Auschwitz. Art presents Vladek’s memories by remembering what his father told him about… Read more →

Graphic Novels and The Jewish Disapora

In junior year of high school, I took an english elective course on diaspora. My original course had been cancelled so I had been randomly placed into an elective I knew nothing about. I learned that, in short, diaspora meant displacement and a lot of the stories we’d be exploring involved cultural or religious diasporas. It was then that I… Read more →

Maus: A Survivor’s ‘Tail’

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale is an unencumbered narrative produced by Art Spiegelman about his father’s experience as a jew in Nazi Germany. I had never heard of Maus before last Wednesday but, since then, I have done what any burgeoning academic does nowadays: Google it. ~~~~~ The narrative is woven between two timelines: The first takes place in Rego Park, New York circa 1978-79. Spiegelman (the latter) interviews… Read more →