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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Comics and history : myth-making in nazi-references
Author(s) Dittmar, Jakob
Date 2013
English abstract
The paper sketches the impossibility to tell stories without interfering with collective memory. By focussing on examples that refer to Nazi-Germany, the process of mythisation of historical issues is explained. Genrally, there is no escape from mythisation of figures in popular storytelling: All dealings with specific topics are influenced by the usage of related symbols and the establishment of certain theme-derived stereotypes. To explain e.g. historical living conditions and the erosion and perversion of social values in Nazi-Germany and similar racist-chauvinistic ideologies becomes more and more difficult as one has to contradict firmly established stereotypes and patterns of storytelling.
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Publisher Drexel Hill
Host/Issue International Journal of Comic Art;1
Volume 15
ISSN 1531-6793
Pages 270-286
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) history
myth making
stereotypes in comics
Nazi villain
semiosis in comics
collective memory
visual storytelling
genesis of comics figures
concentration camps
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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