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Sketches from an unquiet country : Canadian graphic satire, 1840-1940 / edited by Dominic Hardy, Annie Gérin, and Lora Senechal Carney.
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
viii, 304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Reference Library
NC1445 .S64 2018 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued also in electronic format.
"Canadian readers have enjoyed their own graphic satire since colonial times and Canadian artists have thrived as they took aim at the central issues and figures of their age. Graphic satire, a combination of humorous drawing and text that usually involves caricature, is a way of taking an ethical stand about contemporary politics and society. First appearing in short-lived illustrated weeklies in Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto in the 1840s, usually as unsigned copies of engravings from European magazines, the genre spread quickly as skilled local illustrators, engravers, painters, and sculptors joined the teams of publishers and writers who sought to shape public opinion and public policy. A detailed account of of Canadian graphic satire, Sketches from an Unquiet Country looks at a century bookended by the aftermath of the 1837-38 Rebellions and Canada's entry into the Second World War. As fully fledged artist-commentators, Canadian cartoonists were sometimes gently ironic, but they were just as often caustic and violent in the pursuit of a point of view. This volume shows a country where conflicts crop up between linguistic and religious communities, a country often resistant to social and political change for women, and open to the cross-currents of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fascism that flared across Europe and North America in the early twentieth century. Drawing on new scholarship by researchers working in art history, material culture, and communications studies, Sketches from an Unquiet Country follows the fortunes of some of the artists and satiric themes that were prevalent in the centres of Canadian publishing."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Caricatures and cartoons -- Canada -- History -- 19th century.
Caricatures and cartoons -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Caricatures and cartoons.
Editorial cartoons -- Canada -- History -- 19th century.
Editorial cartoons -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Satire in art.
Hardy, Dominic, editor.
Gérin, Annie, 1969- editor.
Carney, Lora Senechal, editor.

  • Introduction / Dominic Hardy
  • Frankenstein's story: graphic satire in 1840s Montreal from Le Charivari canadien to Punch in Canada / Dominic Hardy
  • Uncle Sam, a not-so-distant cousin: Canadian contributions to the genesis of a US allegorical figure / Christian Vachon
  • Reading allegorical "Miss Canada" in graphic satire / Robyn Fowler
  • Clubs, axes, and umbrellas: the Woman Suffrage Movement as seen by Montreal cartoonists (1910-1914) / Pierre Chemartin and Louis Pelletier
  • Crossing the line: Canadian satire of the "pretty girl" North and South of the 49th parallel / Jaleen Grove
  • Anti-Semitic caricature in 1930s Montreal: language and national stereotypes in Adrien Arcand's Le goglu (1929-1933) / Josée Desforges
  • New Frontier (1936-1937) and the Antifascist press in Canada / Lora Senechal Carney
  • Albéric Bourgeois... a.k.a. Baptiste Ladébauche / Laurier Lacroix
  • Epilogue: humour, wit, and satire in Canada / Annie Gérin.