Satire and Censorship

Allen Douglas

in War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926943 | DOI:
Satire and Censorship

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This chapter takes a look at the Canard Enchaîné, a satirical weekly that was founded in 1915. It used verbal and visual irony to avoid the censors, and divided its articles between the ridicule of the Central Powers and patriotic support of the common soldier, and a developing antimilitarism that remained on the safe side of explicitness. The chapter shows that the war that led to the creation of the Canard and the development of its distinctive style also forced its pacifism into a rather unstable union with a sincere support for the soldiers.

Keywords: Canard Enchaîné; satirical weekly; verbal irony; visual irony; censors; Central Powers; patriotic support; antimilitarism; pacifism

Chapter.  7135 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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