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Abstract

Six recent non-fiction graphic novels about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are analyzed in order to understand how narratives are constructed and presented about each community. What emerges when considered together is that while complex narratives that challenge hegemonic stereotypes are depicted about the community that the authors favour, their depiction of 'the other' often relies on either stereotypes or omissions and these depictions present single stories of entire communities. I argue how the inclusion of alternative narratives within graphic novels can enhance the text, provide opportunities for readers to gain deeper knowledge about the conflict, and begin to appreciate and recognize the rights of the other can emerge.

Author Bio(s)

Matt Reingold teaches Jewish History and Philosophy at TanenbaumCHAT in Toronto, Canada. He has published articles about graphic novels and arts-based education in The Social Studies, Journal of Jewish Education, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Shofar and Monatschafte. He received his PhD from York University's Faculty of Education.

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