Verbal and Visual, Humor and Politics

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:
Verbal and Visual, Humor and Politics

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This chapter examines the distinctive layout and organization of the Canard. It shows that the weekly's style was composed of carefully balanced mixtures of materials, and its visuals went further than the inclusion of large numbers of editorial cartoons. It then introduces H.P. Gassier and Henri Guilac, two cartoonists of the weekly who created a duck-everyman who took on various guises. Some examples of this duck-everyman are provided in the chapter. This chapter states that the heavy use of visual elements allowed a visual irony that could be used to contrast or complement with the verbal one.

Keywords: layout; organization; style; visuals; editorial cartoons; duck-everyman; visual elements; visual irony; H.P. Gassier; Henri Guilac

Chapter.  5926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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