Researchers Professor Jane Chapman, Adam Sherif and Dan Ellin, based in the College of Arts, have produced a second book as part of their AHRC funded project Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record. The monograph Comics, the Holocaust and Hiroshima explores the relationship between comics as a cultural record, historiography, memory and trauma studies.
The authors of this publication break new ground by arguing that comics have a dual role as sources of cataclysm between 1939 and 1945: first for historians to gauge awareness of the Holocaust and second through close analysis, of Paroles d’Etoiles in Vichy France and Barefoot Gen in Hiroshima, as testimonies of childhood emotions, experiences and memories.
Calling for an extension of the range of source material relating to persecution, genocide and the atomic bomb from 1939 to 1945, comics are posited as an agent to build on the scholarship of New Cultural History, historiography, memory and trauma studies. These interdisciplinary fields connect through the shared ground of cultural record. Chapman, Sherif and Ellin argue that the comics form is a flexible one with potential to explore the space between reality and representation. Visuals work as iconic translations while narrative structure relies on readers’ mental contribution.
The monograph is part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Pivot series The Holocaust and Its Contexts. For further details visit their website.
For more information on the comics project and other publications see their blog.