Comics have a role as sources for gauging awareness of the Holocaust in regard to specific historiographies, and they can also be analysed through close reading for specific value as sources. Both of these tasks extend discussions on methodology. The value of testimonial and its position within memory studies, as well as the issue of trauma as informed by trauma studies, takes on a new significance when paired with comics. These fields connect through the shared ground of cultural record, as either deliberate/explicit or incidental reference. Comics can transform images into narrative and explore the space between reality and representation, with the visuals working as iconic translations. The form provides succinct representations of emotions and experiences, with narrative structure relying on readers’ mental contribution.
KeywordsCultural History Comic Strip Close Reading Narrative Structure Comic Book
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