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Jeet Heer on R. Crumb’s Genesis

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Jeet Heer has a review of R. Crumb’s (soon to be released in the uk) Book of Genesis Illustrated.

Surprisingly, given his reputation as the chief sexist of underground comics, Crumb has taken a strongly feminist slant on Genesis. Influenced, as he notes in the commentary, by scholars like Savina Teubal, Crumb sees within the book a struggle between two religious systems: the familiar patriarchal God of the fathers (whose story runs from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph) existing side by side with a covert matrilineal traditional of powerful women (including Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel).

I for one can’t wait for this.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Advice, Buy This, Comics, Review

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