One Hundred Years of Campaign Imagery: From Woman Suffrage Postcards to Hillary Clinton Memes

Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 (2018) One Hundred Years of Campaign Imagery: From Woman Suffrage Postcards to Hillary Clinton Memes. In: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. University of Rochester Press, United States, pp. 152-169. ISBN 978-1-58046-936-4


Abstract

The early twentieth-century postcard phenomenon foreshadowed the ephemerality of today's Internet memes. Postcards, scholars suggest, constituted a communications revolution comparable to the digital revolution: nineteenth-century photograph albums have been described as the 'Victorian Facebook,' while the Edwardian 'craze' for postcards is seen as mirroring Twitter's popularity. Social media provides similar opportunities in the twenty-first century. Political cartoons, in turn, rely on an understanding of political commonplaces, literary and cultural allusions, character traits, and other contextual factors; they are 'enthymemes which invite the reader to respond in accordance with certain values, beliefs, and predispositions.' Since political cartoons have appeared continuously in American print culture since the 1860s, political imagery constitutes a rich medium through which to reflect on shifting cultural perspectives toward American women.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 00:23
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 04:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: women's history, politics, postcards, United States, Hillary Clinton, suffrage
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430321 North American history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430309 Gender history
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130706 Understanding the past of the Americas
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230203 Political systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47474

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