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

Chapman, Jane (2018) The Aussie 1918-1931: cartoons, digger remembrance and First World War identity. In: Writing the First World War after 1918. Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice (Routledge Special Issues as Books (SPIBs) programme) . Routledge, London. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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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 theorisation 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.

Keywords:armed forces, The Aussie, Australian newspapers, cartoons, digger, memory, national identity, remembrance, repreentation, veterans, Representation
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T800 Australasian studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T890 Australasian studies not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P390 Media studies not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T830 Australasian Society and Culture studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P490 Publishing not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P132 Archive studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P590 Journalism not elsewhere classified
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T820 Australasian Literature studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
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Deposited On:25 Jan 2018 14:34

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