The Complete Maus Summary
Artie Spiegelman, the author, artist, and principle narrator, uses the medium of a graphic text—a comic book—to relate the biographical memoir of Vladek and Anja Spiegelman, his parents. The Spiegelmans are Jews, originally from Poland, who survived the Nazi Holocaust and internment at Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenua, Gross-Rosen, Dachau, Ravensbrück, and other concentration camps. After the war the Spiegelmans lived briefly in Stockholm before emigrating to the United States of America and settling in Rego Park, New York. The graphic text uses the extended allegory of anthropomorphized mice—Maus in German—to represent Jews, cats to represent Germans, and other suitable animals to represent other nationalities or ethnicities.
Vladek Spiegelman, born 1906, meets Anja Zylberberg, born 1912, in the town of Sosnowiec, Poland. They court and wed in 1937 and live in various small Polish towns in the Sosnowiec area—close to the German-Poland-Czechoslovakia border...
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Encyclopedia Articles (1)
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Swedish-American author and artist Art Spiegelman won acclaim in the 1980s with his two-part graphic novel Maus, an account of his parents' experiences as Jews in concentration camps durin...
Art Spiegelman Biographies (2)
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Art Spiegelman's Maus stands "among the remarkable achievements in comics," according to Dale Luciano in Comics Journal. Maus, an epic parable of the Holocaust that substitutes mice and cats for human...
3,709 words, approx. 13 pages
Art Spiegelman, the son of Holocaust survivors, is one of the most prominent "second-generation" creators of depictions of the Holocaust and an important contemporary American sequential artist. Since...
Essays & Analysis (18)
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In the following essay, Rothberg discusses the themes of Jewish-American identity and consumer culture in Maus, asserting that Spiegelman utilizes the visual medium of the comic book to critique repre...
7,825 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following essay, Huyssen evaluates Maus in terms of Theodore Adorno's theory of mimesis, asserting that the work provides an alternative to the dominant modes of representing the Holocau...
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In the following essay, Laga contends that Maus offers a radical reconceptualization of how the Holocaust can be represented and comments that Spiegelman “offers us a new form of history that c...
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In the following essay, Budick explores how Maus violates certain “taboos” of Holocaust literature and how Spiegelman's subjective narrative perspective offers unique insight into...
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In the following essay, Charlson asserts that Maus successfully rejects genre categorization, putting into question the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction, history and memory, and testimony a...
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In the following essay, Staub argues that Maus examines the dilemma of adequately representing the Holocaust in ways which are meaningful to modern readers.
In some of the huts are huge glass-enclosed...
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In the following essay, Doherty examines how Maus utilizes the visual medium of the comic book as a means of depicting the Holocaust and compares the work to various cinematic representations of the H...
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In the following essay, Ma discusses the significance of cultural identity, particularly Jewish identity, to the reading of Maus, noting that Spiegelman is “acutely aware that his comics reach ...
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In the following essay, Wilner observes that Maus employs a variety of ironic juxtapositions to examine the unique difficulties of representing the Holocaust, such as the escapism associated with the ...
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In the following essay, Landsberg discusses the significance of Maus and the comic book genre as a medium for representing the Holocaust from a fresh visual and emotional perspective.
Like those birds...
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In the following essay, Young explores how Maus illustrates the myriad dilemmas involved in representing the Holocaust, noting that Maus “succeeds brilliantly not just for the ways it side-shad...
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In the following essay, Lehmann examines the role of creative imagination in constructing historical representations of the Holocaust in three works of Holocaust literature—Maus, The Shawl, by ...
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In the following essay, Ewert argues that the significance of Maus as a representation of the Holocaust lies in the “visual register of the narrative” and notes that critics must “...
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Whenever a Holocaust story is heard, a certain respect for the survivors fills the air. It is almost impossible to think of the hardships that survivors and non-survivors were forced to face yea...
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Who sets the rules for what's right and what's wrong? Well whoever it is, he/she sure isn't doing a very good job of it. Apparently, each person's ideas of what's right and wrong differs, which is the...
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Whenever a Holocaust story is heard, a certain respect for the survivors fills the air. It is almost impossible to think of the hardships that survivors and non-survivors were forced to face years ag...
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Everybody knows wars are a terrible thing, but no one really knows how terrible until they live through one, and the Jewish Holocaust was no exception. One of the worse aspects people had to go face ...
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Art Spiegelman Maus 1
The book "Maus" is just like what I've heard and learned in the past if not I would say it is exactly the same. The author Art Spiegelman really is a good explainer and puts ...