SOURCE: The Nation
How Maus Changed the Place of Comics in Culture
Two new books trace the path of Art Spiegelman's masterpiece from an underground serialized story to an educational text, a process which has unfortunately tended to shape the work to the needs of a society that is obliged to teach about the Holocaust but uncomfortable learning about it.
SOURCE: Texas Monthly
The Texas School District Considering Banning "Maus" Needs to Reconsider
"Before reading Maus, if I had a sense of what Nazis were, it was as abstract villains, the bad guys Indiana Jones fought."
My Life With Maus
by Tom Engelhardt
Although the aftermath of the Tennessee "Maus" controversy involved a flood of donated copies sent to the local community and the book's return to the bestseller charts, the revival of book-banning sentiments bodes ill for the course of the nation.
Art Spiegelman Interviewed on Maus, Art and History, and his Missing Glasses
The graphic memoirist says that the Tennessee controversy probably doesn't reflect any antisemitic bigotry, but a desire to find a catharsis that fixes the horror of the Holocaust instead of recognizing it as ongoing.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
The Banning of Maus: Even Dumber Than You Think
David Corn says that for the students of McMinn County, "their intellectual development is being held hostage by board members who are stuck in another era, who find vulgarity in an old pop song, and who cannot be bothered to do their own homework."
Maus in Tennessee
by Jeet Heer
The stated objections to Maus – profanity, nudity, filial disrespect, violence – are impossible to separate from the fact that the book is a graphic history of the Holocaust.
Tennessee School Board Bans Holocaust Graphic Memoir "Maus"
Author Art Spiegelman called the decision "Orwellian" and suggested young people would be deprived of knowledge.
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