Comics as a cultural record between humorous and serious representation

Chapman, Jane (2015) Comics as a cultural record between humorous and serious representation. In: Comics and satire – Cultural History Records & Cultural Heritage?, 1-2 October 2015, Uppsala University, Visby, Sweden.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Keynote)
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

Comics as a Cultural Record: between Humorous and Serious Representation – keynote by Professor Jane Chapman:
Comics themselves are a ‘democratic’ art form – both as popular culture and in their use by social movements. As a cultural record they should be included in the palette of primary sources that academics use for the study of the past – especially unknown or neglected contemporary strips. Using a range of examples, this keynote presentation demonstrates how both humourous and serious comics can be analysed according to four different categories of cultural record. Similarly, humour theory helps our understanding of light-hearted comics, which were sometimes created as a diversion from violence and death in war time. Between humorous and serious representation a liminal space exists that is sometimes populated by comics as an important form of collective identity.

Keywords:First World War, Comics, proto comics, Trauma, memory
Subjects:L Social studies > L252 War & Peace studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W213 Visual Communication
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V220 European History
L Social studies > L215 Fascism
L Social studies > L213 Socialism
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V260 Australasian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V230 American History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V391 Military History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V231 Canadian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V221 French History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:19419
Deposited On:30 Oct 2015 11:39

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