People of the Comic Book: Jews and the Graphic Novel Class

With Keith Friedlander
Thursdays, July 19 – August 9; 6:30-8:00 pm
@ The Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave Toronto ON M5S 2J2, 416-924-6211
$45 for the series or $12 drop-in/$6 students with valid ID + HST

“Superman, you don’t think he’s Jewish?” asks Michael Chabon’s character Sammy Clay. “Coming over from the old country, changing his name like that. Clark Kent, only a Jew would pick a name like that for himself.”

Explore the prominent role of Jewish artists in comic book history. From the superheroes and their largely Jewish creators to more modern innovations such as A Contract with God, Maus, and The Rabbi’s Cat, graphic novels have become an important subgenre of modern Jewish literature, exploring themes of generational conflict, assimilation and Americanization, and the diasporic search for home.

July 19: History of Jewish Contributions to Comics
July 26: Will Eisner’s Contract with God
August 2: Art Spiegelman’s Maus I
August 9: Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat

Students must procure their own copies of the texts in advance of each class.

Keith Friedlander is a local academic and teacher. He has previously taught in the English departments of the University of Ottawa and Trent University.

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