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TitleThe Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels [electronic resource] : Considering the Role of Kitsch / by Laurike in 't Veld
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript IX, 230 p. 13 illus., 5 illus. in color. online resource


This book mobilises the concept of kitsch to investigate the tensions around the representation of genocide in international graphic novels that focus on the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In response to the predominantly negative readings of kitsch as meaningless or inappropriate, this book offers a fresh approach that considers how some of the kitsch strategies employed in these works facilitate an affective interaction with the genocide narrative. These productive strategies include the use of the visual metaphors of the animal and the doll figure and the explicit and excessive depictions of mass violence. The book also analyses where kitsch still produces problems as it critically examines depictions of perpetrators and the visual and verbal representations of sexual violence. Furthermore, it explores how graphic novels employ anti-kitsch strategies to avoid the dangers of excess in dealing with genocide. The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels will appeal to those working in comics-graphic novel studies, popular culture studies, and Holocaust and genocide studies


1. Introduction: Graphic Novels, Genocide, Kitsch -- 2. (In)human Visual Metaphors: The Animal and the Doll -- 3. From Gruesome to Grey: The Moralisation of Perpetrators -- 4. Visualising Violence and Sexual Violence -- 5. Modernism and Historical Accuracy: Anti-Kitsch Strategies -- 6. Conclusion

Communication Popular Culture Literature Modern-20th century Culture-Study and teaching Historiography Media and Communication. Popular Culture . Contemporary Literature. Cultural Theory. Memory Studies.


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