‘Masters of the gags’: cartoonist visions of war and peace, 1941-1945©

Coatney, Caryn (2017) ‘Masters of the gags’: cartoonist visions of war and peace, 1941-1945©. In: 2017 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference: Communication Worlds: Access, Voice, Diversity, Engagement (ANZCA 2017), 4-7 July 2017, Sydney, Australia.

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Despite their communicative power, cartoonists have often been viewed as the detached outsiders of the newsroom. This article contributes to the relatively new area of research into cartooning as a significant, enduring aspect of journalism. It is the first study to focus on the caricaturists’ editorial clout in visualising post-imperial communities while defying isolationist politics during the Australian–US alliance during World War II. This case study
fills gaps in the research by revealing the forgotten role of wartime caricaturists in Australia’s increasingly assertive foreign policies. Their images signified a symbolic geography that involved more diverse voices in
transcending imperial divisions. The humour strategy helped Australian Prime Minister John Curtin to win public confidence in his leadership of the nation’s
war. This lost conception of cartooning as a journalism profession can provide fresh insights into tracing the industry’s developments. The article indicates
that the hidden value of cartoonists deserves higher status and just rewards.©

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Australian License.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 05:49
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: editorial cartoons; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; John Curtin; journalism; World War II
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33740

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