The Aussie, 1918-1931: cartoons, digger remembrance and First World War identity

Chapman, Jane (2016) The Aussie, 1918-1931: cartoons, digger remembrance and First World War identity. Journalism Studies, 17 (4). pp. 415-431. ISSN 1461-670X

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Feelings of community, cultural definition and memory were kept alive through the soldiers’ mass circulation tabloid, the Aussie, examined here in the light of theorization of memory and representation, applied to both text and cartoons. The publication’s aim for veterans’ values to become shared national values is analysed in the light of its high profile usage of soft cartoon humour and also of nostalgia – highlighting the limitations as well as the effectiveness in terms of Australia’s evolving national identity. When the post-war economic situation worsened, deeper issues of national tension were glossed over by the use of scapegoats such as ‘profiteers’ and ‘lazy workers’. The armed forces were obliged to take on a political role of lobbying for their cause, but the Aussie as ‘cheerful friend’ experienced its own identity crisis that proved to be terminal.

Additional Information:Special Issue: Writing the First World War after 1918. Guest edited by Adrian Bingham
Keywords:The Aussie, national identity, cartoons, memory, representation, digger, Australian newspapers, remembrance, veterans, armed forces, Cultural history, Newspaper history, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P490 Publishing not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V391 Military History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
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ID Code:18098
Deposited On:29 Jul 2015 13:19

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