Princesses, Mothers, Heroes, and Superheroes: Images of Jewish Women in Comic Books and Graphic Novels Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
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  • Korenman, Alicia R.
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
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  • This study examines the representations of Jewish women in comic books and graphic novels, starting with a discussion of common stereotypes about Jewish women in American popular culture. The primary sources under investigation include Gilbert Hernandez's Love and Rockets X, Aline Kominsky-Crumb's autobiographical works, the X-Men comic books, Art Spiegelman's Maus and Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat, and J.T. Waldman's Megillat Esther. The representations of Jewish women in comic books and graphic novels vary widely. And although certain stereotypes about Jewish women - especially the Jewish Mother and the Jewish American Princess - pervade American popular culture, most of the comics featuring Jewish characters do not seem to have been greatly influenced by these images.
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  • Moran, Barbara
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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