Graphic Novels and Jewish Memory
JSIS C 489B / CHID 270C / C LIT 496A
Lecturer: Tamar Benzikry
Credits: 3 I&S
This seminar explores the graphic novel as a medium for personal and collective memory making. Together we will ask: How do we remember? What do we collect, order, represent and preserve? How do visual narratives, and particularly words and pictures together, frame our stories?
A focus on Jewish-authored graphic novels – which may include Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Miriam Katin’s Letting it Go, Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds and Vanessa Davis’ Make Me a Woman – will offer a specific focus and context for the history of the art form and universal themes about memory, representing trauma and belonging.
Together we will strengthen our abilities to look, read, analyze, and write. We will also engage with guest artists in the classroom.