Understanding the Context of Art Spiegelman's Maus
This series of five audio files, each running approximately two minutes, gives those teaching and studying Art Spiegelman's Maus important insights into understanding and appreciating the context of the graphic novel. Perfect for teachers wanting to build a unit around Maus or for senior high school and college students looking for a way of coming to terms with important contextual considerations for studying Spiegelman's most recognized work. Subjects addressed include the importance of understanding the Holocaust, the relationship between Spiegelman and his father, the tradition of visual narrative, the overall context of the work, and the rationale behind the use of animal characters in Maus.
Here's one of the five clips in the series. It focuses on the use of animal characters in Maus, and ties this to the use of such characters throughout Western literature.