Dominion cartoon satire as trench culture narratives: complaints, endurance and stoicism

Chapman, Jane and Ellin, Dan (2014) Dominion cartoon satire as trench culture narratives: complaints, endurance and stoicism. The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 103 (2). pp. 175-192. ISSN 0035-8533

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Abstract

Although Dominion soldiers’ Great War field publications are relatively well known, the way troops created cartoon multi-panel formats in some of them has been neglected as a record of satirical social observation. Visual narrative humour provides a ‘bottom-up’ perspective for journalistic observations that in many cases capture the spirit of the army in terms of stoicism, buoyed by a culture of internal complaints. Troop concerns expressed in the early comic strips of Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and British were similar. They shared a collective editorial purpose of morale boosting among the ranks through the use of everyday narratives that elevated the anti-heroism of the citizen soldier, portrayed as a transnational everyman in the service of empire. The regenerative value of disparagement humour provided a redefinition of courage as the very act of endurance on the Western Front.

Additional Information:Special Issue: The First World War and the Empire-Commonwealth
Keywords:First World War, Canadian, Australian, New Zealander, Trench culture, Cartoons, Trench newspapers, Humour, Courage, Western Front, bmjcheckacceptemailed, NotOAChecked
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
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Deposited On:24 Nov 2014 16:06

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