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Of Mice and Vermin: Animals as Absent Referent in Art Spiegelman's Maus

@inproceedings{Angelis2005OfMA,
  title={Of Mice and Vermin: Animals as Absent Referent in Art Spiegelman's Maus},
  author={R. D. Angelis},
  year={2005}
}
There are no mice in Maus. Likewise, there are no cats or dogs or pigs or frogs. Of course, virtually every page of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust is covered with drawings of animals. But unlike René Magritte’s famous image of a pipe, these animal images are not, with very few exceptions, intended to signify what they appear to be. The entire metaphorical foundation on which Maus is based relies on the ability of the reader to see past the mice and cat… Expand
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