This week we are further diving into the recent banning of Art Spiegelman’s Maus by a school board in TN by speaking with comics scholar Hillary Chute, Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University and associate editor of MetaMaus. She discusses the history of the original publication of Maus and Spiegelman’s roots in the Underground Comics movement, which led to the elevation of the graphic novel. Then we move on to looking at why the book has been banned by the McMinn County, TN education board and situating those reasons within a larger context, including issues of otherizing Jewish histories and complicated parent/child relationships. She also uses examples from Maus to explain the power of comics as a teaching tool, and a way of processing trauma.
A full transcript of this episode will be available soon!
Here are some of the references from this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:
Our previous episode on the broader context of recent comics censorship, with critic Jeet Heer & Jeff Trexler of the CBLDF
History of Raw magazine, Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly
Zap Comix, Robert Crumb
Spiegelman and Sendak Collab Strip about kids reading Maus
Gender Queer, Maia Kobabe
Hillary’s forthcoming book of essays about Maus, Maus Now
Hillary’s recommendation: Joe Sacco
Our previous episode with Carol Tyler & Mimi Pond and the emergence of female-centered underground comics
(NSFW or kids!) Wally Wood’s “Disneyland Memorial Orgy”
Classics Illustrated comics
“In Time” by Dylan Emmett and “Spaceship” by Lesion X.
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Spaceship by Lesion X https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeats
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