Comics and Sacred Texts

Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives

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Assaf Gamzou, Ken Koltun-Fromm
  • Jackson, MS: 
    University Press of Mississippi
    , November
     322 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jennifer A. Caplan forthcoming.


Comics and Sacred Texts explores how comics and notions of the sacred interweave new modes of seeing and understanding the sacral. Comics and graphic narratives help readers see religion in the everyday and in depictions of God, in transfigured, heroic selves as much as in the lives of saints and the meters of holy languages. Coeditors Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm reveal the graphic character of sacred narratives, imagining new vistas for both comics and religious texts.

In both visual and linguistic forms, graphic narratives reveal representational strategies to encounter the sacred in all its ambivalence. Through close readings and critical inquiry, these essays contemplate the intersections between religion and comics in ways that critically expand our ability to think about religious landscapes, rhetorical practices, pictorial representation, and the everyday experiences of the uncanny.

Organized into four sections--Seeing the Sacred in Comics; Reimagining Sacred Texts through Comics; Transfigured Comic Selves, Monsters, and the Body; and The Everyday Sacred in Comics--the essays explore comics and graphic novels ranging from Craig Thompson's Habibi and Marvel's X-Men and Captain America to graphic adaptions of religious texts such as 1 Samuel and the Gospel of Mark.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Assaf Gamzhou is Director of Professional Engagement at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, and was previously Curator of the Israeli Cartoon Museum and Lecturer at Tel Aviv University School of Education.

Ken Kolton-Fromm is the Robert and Constance MacCrate Chair in Social Responsibility and Professor of Religion at Haverford College and author of four books, including Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America and Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision and Text in American Jewish Thought.

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