Comics, the Holocaust and Hiroshima

Chapman, Jane and Ellin, Dan and Sherif, Adam (2015) Comics, the Holocaust and Hiroshima. The Holocaust and its Contexts . Palgrave Pivot, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137407238

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Abstract

Comics, the Holocaust and Hiroshima breaks new ground by arguing that comics have a dual role as sources of cataclysm between 1939 and 1945. First for historians to gauge awareness of the Holocaust and second through close analysis, of Paroles d'Etoiles in Vichy France and Barefoot Gen in Hiroshima, as testimonies of childhood emotions, experiences and memories. Calling for an extension of the range of source material relating to persecution, genocide and the atomic bomb from 1939 to 1945, comics are posited as an agent to build on the scholarship of new cultural history, historiography, memory and trauma studies. These fields connect through the shared ground of cultural record, which can be either deliberate/explicit or incidental reference. The comics form is a flexible one with potential to explore the space between reality and representation, with visuals working as iconic translations while narrative structure relies on readers' mental contribution.

Keywords:comics, comic book, Second World War, trauma studies, trauma, testimony, cultural record, memory, narrative, Holocaust, Hiroshima, Barefoot Gen, National Socialist, guilt, Paroles d'etoiles, PTSD, methodology, Quality Comics Group, historiography, comic art, Nazi, iconic symbolism, history, flashback, sequential pictorial narrative, US, France, Japan, emotion, Vichy, concentration camps, Auschwitz
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V271 International History
W Creative Arts and Design > W213 Visual Communication
L Social studies > L200 Politics
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V220 European History
L Social studies > L215 Fascism
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R120 French Literature
L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T220 Japanese Literature studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
W Creative Arts and Design > W220 Illustration
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T230 Japanese Society and Culture studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V230 American History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V232 USA History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V221 French History
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T700 American studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V222 German History
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:28 May 2015 15:19

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