dhr. R. (Rik) Spanjers MA


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Letterkunde
  • Bezoekadres
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  
  • Postadres:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • R.Spanjers@uva.nl

The World War II Comic and the Maus Event

 

The success of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning Maus (1980-1991) revitalized the discussion about the capacity of comics to represent traumatic historical events such as World War II. More importantly, it sparked the publication of a large number of comics dealing with this historical episode in various ways. The assumption that comics books can only trivialize serious subject matter contrasts with the opinions of scholars who claim that the medium is especially suitable for traumatic and historic events because of its fragmentary nature and its tendency to self-reflexivity.

It would be a mistake, however, to view Maus as the genesis of comics that have a historical subject. In three of the most important comic book traditions – the American, Franco-Belgian and Japanese – there have always been, since the beginning of mass production and the growing popularity of comics in the 1930s, comics that deal with the past in various ways.

Historical comics, like other representations of the past, to a greater or lesser extent restrict their narrative freedom by referring to historical events. However truthful comics aim to be, they have to shape reality and represent it in both the form of a story and a comic book.

My research focuses on how this medium and its history afford specific ways to represent the past. It aims to contribute to the understanding of how representation of the past in combinations of images and texts alter the ways in which the past is experienced in the present.

 Supervisors

Prof. dr. T.L. Vaessens

Prof. dr. Y. van Dijk

Dr. D.A. Hassler-Forest

2016

  • La Cour, E., & Spanjers, R. (2016). Ingratiation, Appropriation, Rebellion: Comics' Sociability in the Milieux of Art and Literature. Image & Narrative, 17(4), 1-4. [details] 
  • Spanjers, R. (2016). Wartime Weddings: Realism and War Representation in Shigeru Mizuki’s Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths. Image & Narrative, 17(4), 57-78. [details] 

2014

  • Spanjers, R. (2014). Barefoot Gen. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Comics through time: a history of icons, idols, and ideas. - Vol. 2: 1960-1980 (pp. 468-470). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. [details] 
  • Spanjers, R. (2014). Barefoot Gen. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Comics through time: a history of icons, idols, and ideas. - Vol. 3: 1980-1995 (pp. 904-905). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. [details] 
  • Spanjers, R. (2014). History. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Comics through time: a history of icons, idols, and ideas. - Vol. 2: 1960-1980 (pp. 620-622). Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood. [details] 
  • Spanjers, R. (2014). History. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Comics through time: a history of icons, idols, and ideas. - Vol. 3: 1980-1995 (pp. 1068-1071). Santa Barabara, California: Greenwood. [details] 
  • Spanjers, R. (2014). History. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Comics through time: a history of icons, idols, and ideas. -Vol. 4: 1995-present (pp. 1539-1544). Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood. [details] 

2015

  • Spanjers, R. (2015). [Review of: E. van Alphen (2014) Staging the Archive: Art and Photography in the Age of New Media]. Arcadia, 50(1), 241-244. DOI: 10.1515/arcadia-2015-0018  [details] 

Prijs

  • Spanjers, R. (2017). International Society for the Study of Narrative Travel Grant.
  • Spanjers, R. (2017). Sir William Stirling Maxwell Fellowship.
  • Spanjers, R. (2016). Reading the Present Through the Past: Best Presentation.

Tijdschriftredactie

  • Spanjers, R. (editor in chief) & La Cour, E. L. (editor in chief) (2016). Image & Narrative (Journal).

Spreker

  • Spanjers, R. (speaker) (23-1-2017). Stirling Maxwell Lecture: The Historical Comic and the Maus Event, Stirling Maxwell Centre.
  • Spanjers, R. (speaker) (24-11-2016). Introduction: book presentation "De stripprofessor" by Joost Pollmann, Book Presentation: "De stripprofessor" van Joost Pollmann, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Spanjers, R. (speaker) (11-11-2016). Maus and the Representation of the Holocaust in Comics, Universiteit Leiden, Leiden.
  • Spanjers, R. (speaker) (21-10-2016). Analyzing Comics, VU, Amsterdam.
  • Spanjers, R. (speaker) (21-3-2016). The Dialectics of Engagement: Remembering and Politicizing the Past in Magneto: Testament, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (KUN), Nijmegen.
  • Spanjers, R. (speaker) (22-2-2016). Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths and World War II Representation in Manga, University College Utrecht.

Andere

  • Spanjers, R. (host) (2-6-2017). Neil Cohn (hosting a visitor).
  • Spanjers, R. (organiser), La Cour, E. L. (organiser), Cohn, N. (participant) & Forceville, C. J. (participant) (2-6-2017). Amsterdam Comics Lecture Series #3: The Languages of Comics, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Spanjers, R. (visiting researcher) (1-2017 - 2-2017). University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, United Kingdom (visiting an external institution).
  • Spanjers, R. (host) & La Cour, E. L. (host) (21-10-2016). Laurence Grove (hosting a visitor).
  • Spanjers, R. (organiser) & la Cour, E. L. (organiser) (21-10-2016). Amsterdam Comics Lecture Series #2: Exposing Comics, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Spanjers, R. (host) & La Cour, E. L. (host) (21-10-2016). Ian Horton (hosting a visitor).
  • Spanjers, R. (host) & la Cour, E. L. (host) (14-4-2016). Roger Sabin (hosting a visitor).
  • Spanjers, R. (host) & la Cour, E. L. (host) (14-4-2016). Laurence Grove (hosting a visitor).
  • Spanjers, R. (organiser) & la Cour, E. L. (organiser) (14-4-2016). Amsterdam Comics Lecture Series #1: How to Analyze Image-Texts, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Spanjers, R. (participant) (4-3-2016). Reading the Present Through the Past, Amsterdam, Netherlands (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Spanjers, R. (organiser) & la Cour, E. L. (organiser) (1-1-2016). Amsterdam Comics Reading Group, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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