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Title: The Australian Political Cartoon -- An Historiographical Overview
Contributor(s): Scully, Richard  (author); Phiddian, Robert (author)
Publication Date: 2018
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Abstract: It is a commonplace of much political and journalistic rhetoric that Australia as a nation possesses a "great tradition of cartooning and illustration" (NMA, 2003) as social and political commentary. One of the few authors to tackle the whole history of Australian cartooning - Vane Lindesay - certainly thought so, when he observed a distinctive "'Australian School' of black-and-white comic art" that had made Australia "an important world center" of graphic humor (1970:1). Himself a cartoonist, he saw in the "often wry, sometimes uninhibited, and always distinctive" sense of humor expressed in cartoons something uniquely Australian (2); something just as important for understanding the national character as other aspects of what Russel Ward had termed The Australian Legend (1958). Indeed, it has been said that "Australians often congratulate themselves for having the best caitoonists in the world" (Phiddian and Manning, 2013:7), and that Australians have a special appetite for political satire in graphic form.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Comic Art, 20(1), p. 367-383
Publisher: John A Lent
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1531-6793
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
190104 Visual Cultures
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Description: The International Journal of Comic Art is an independent publication, which remains print-only in nature. The journal's online presence is confined to the blog:
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