Introduction: Graphic Novels, Genocide, Kitsch

  • Laurike in ’t Veld
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)


This introductory chapter offers a useful and thorough contextualisation and explication of the central elements in the book: graphic novels, genocide, and kitsch. Outlining her corpus, in ’t Veld puts forward a comparative approach that analyses graphic novels that deal with the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. The chapter positions kitsch as a significant aesthetic mode that constitutes both a “too much” and a “too little” and is often dismissed as meaningless or inappropriate. in ’t Veld offers a fresh perspective on kitsch, arguing that a productive approach to kitsch offers valuable insights into the tensions around representations of genocide in graphic novels.


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