Superheroes and the Shoah : On the Hyperamericanization of the Holocaust

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Title Superheroes and the Shoah : On the Hyperamericanization of the Holocaust
Author Lund, Martin
Date 2019
English abstract
The Holocaust is today a frequent concern of comics creators and audiences alike and will likely remain so. As such, it is important to consider what this interest means from a larger, cultural perspective. This paper looks at Magneto and the series Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust, published in three volumes by the Holocuast Center of Pittsburgh and focused on “The Upstanders,” “International Heroes,” and “The Young Survivors.” In both cases, the rhetorical intersections of Holocaust and superhero are momentary, fleeting: comics featuring Magneto have over the past decade increasingly used Holocaust references as a dramatic rhetorical bludgeon with little or no substance or connection to the histories they claim; Chutz-Pow! uses a language of superheroism as a thin scrim over historical stories in order to make claims about what we can learn from the Holocaust. Using these examples, this paper argues that we might be seeing a form of “hyper-Americanization” of the Holocaust in certain superhero fictions.
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Beyond MAUS : The Legacy of Holocaust Comics (26-29/5 2019 : Graz, Austria)
Language eng (iso)
Subject Holocaust
Magneto
superheroes
X-Men
mutantcy
Americanization of the Holocaust
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/28646 Permalink to this page
Link https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-40353... (external link to related web page)
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