Comics and Sacred Texts
Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives

Edited by Assaf Gamzou
and Ken Koltun-Fromm

288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 52 b&w illustrations

9781496819215 Printed casebinding $90.00S

9781496819475 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $90.00

Paper, $30.00

How comics, graphic novels, and sacred texts work in concert to expand our sense of the holy

Contributions by Ofra Amihay, Madeline Backus, Samantha Baskind, Elizabeth Rae Coody, Scott S. Elliott, Assaf Gamzou, Susan Handelman, Leah Hochman, Leonard V. Kaplan, Ken Koltun-Fromm, Shiamin Kwa, Samantha Langsdale, A. David Lewis, Karline McLain, Ranen Omer-Sherman, Joshua Plencner, and Jeffrey L. Richey

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.

ASSAF GAMZOU, Rehovot, Israel, 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 KOLTUN-FROMM, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 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.

288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 52 b&w illustrations