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Comics, "Maus," and the Rise of Graphic Narrative Literature

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, OK – On today's ST, we're talking about the origin and development of graphic novels, graphic nonfictions, and similar comics-based texts. Our guest is Hillary Chute, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago who recently offered a pair of guest lectures here at the University of Tulsa. (You can learn more about her academic background at http://english.uchicago.edu/faculty/chute.) Chute is also the associate editor of "MetaMaus," the newly published book by Art Spiegelman that looks back in some detail on Spiegelman's hugely influential graphic narrative about the Holocaust and some of those who survived it. That groundbreaking work, of course, is "Maus," the two-volume masterpiece in which Jews are depicted as mice and Nazis as cats, and it first appeared twenty-five years ago. Chute also tells us about her own book, "Graphic Women: Life, Narrative, and Contemporary Comics," which came out last year.