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Instrumentalising media memories : the second world war according to Achtung Zelig!

Maaheen Ahmed (UGent)
(2019) EUROPEAN COMIC ART. 12(1). p.1-20
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Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz and Krystian Rosenberg’s Achtung Zelig! recounts an unabashedly absurd story about the Second World War, involving an encounter between a (former circus clown) Nazi commander and a Jewish father and son with monstrous faces. To understand the construction and function of the Polish comic’s narration of the war, this article introduces the concept of media memories, which encompass techniques and works that still ‘haunt’ cultural productions. Exemplifying new tendencies in an old medium, Achtung Zelig! interweaves key media and contexts, layering its story through memories of carnivals, comics (e.g. Maus) and films (e.g. The Great Dictator). The comic instrumentalises media memories and engages in a mediated dialogue with representing traumatic realities. Evoking subversive, unconventional cultural practices and narrative techniques, it legitimises its use of ridicule to combat the horror of the Holocaust.
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comics, graphic novels, Holocaust, memory, remediation

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Ahmed, Maaheen. “Instrumentalising Media Memories : the Second World War According to Achtung Zelig! .” EUROPEAN COMIC ART 12.1 (2019): 1–20. Print.
APA
Ahmed, Maaheen. (2019). Instrumentalising media memories : the second world war according to Achtung Zelig! . EUROPEAN COMIC ART, 12(1), 1–20.
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Ahmed, Maaheen. 2019. “Instrumentalising Media Memories : the Second World War According to Achtung Zelig! .” European Comic Art 12 (1): 1–20.
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Ahmed, Maaheen. 2019. “Instrumentalising Media Memories : the Second World War According to Achtung Zelig! .” European Comic Art 12 (1): 1–20.
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Ahmed M. Instrumentalising media memories : the second world war according to Achtung Zelig! . EUROPEAN COMIC ART. 2019;12(1):1–20.
IEEE
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M. Ahmed, “Instrumentalising media memories : the second world war according to Achtung Zelig! ,” EUROPEAN COMIC ART, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 1–20, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz and Krystian Rosenberg’s Achtung Zelig! recounts an unabashedly absurd story about the Second World War, involving an encounter between a (former circus clown) Nazi commander and a Jewish father and son with monstrous faces. To understand the construction and function of the Polish comic’s narration of the war, this article introduces the concept of media memories, which encompass techniques and works that still ‘haunt’ cultural productions. Exemplifying new tendencies in an old medium, Achtung Zelig! interweaves key media and contexts, layering its story through memories of carnivals, comics (e.g. Maus) and films (e.g. The Great Dictator). The comic instrumentalises media memories and engages in a mediated dialogue with representing traumatic realities. Evoking subversive, unconventional cultural practices and narrative techniques, it legitimises its use of ridicule to combat the horror of the Holocaust.},
  author       = {Ahmed, Maaheen},
  issn         = {1754-3797},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN COMIC ART},
  keywords     = {comics,graphic novels,Holocaust,memory,remediation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--20},
  title        = {Instrumentalising media memories : the second world war according to Achtung Zelig! },
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/eca.2019.120102},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2019},
}

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