The Complete Maus | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Complete Maus.
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SOURCE: Ma, Sheng-Mei. “Mourning with the (as a) Jew: Metaphor, Ethnicity, and the Holocaust in Art Spiegelman's Maus.Studies in American Jewish Literature 16 (1997): 115-29.

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 a large audience across ethnic and national boundaries.”

I. Mourning with the Jew or Mourning as a Jew

In “Prisoner on the Hell Planet” (originally drawn in 1972), the only segment peopled with human figures out of Maus I (1986) and Maus II (1991), the bereaved father and son mourn the mother, Anja, who took her own life. Vladek, the father and a Holocaust survivor, and other mourners gathered around the casket to intone the Kaddish, while Artie the son recites quietly The Tibetan Book of the Dead1. An intriguing detail, Artie's choice of elegy reflects the spiritual...

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