Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media

Comics and the World Wars

A Cultural Record

Authors: Chapman, J.L., Sherif, A., Hoyles, A., Kerr, A.

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This transnational, interdisciplinary study argues for the use of comics as a primary source. In recuperating currently unknown or neglected strips the authors demonstrate that these examples, produced during the World Wars, act as an important cultural record, providing, amongst other information, a barometer for contemporary popular thinking.

About the authors

Jane Chapman is Professor of Communications at Lincoln University, UK, Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK and the author of ten books. She is Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Council's Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record project, for which Anna Hoyles, Andrew Kerr and Adam Sherif are researchers, and is an AHRC grant holder for two other projects on World War One.

Anna Hoyles is Research Assistant at the University of Lincoln, UK where she is also currently writing her PhD on the literary journalism of the Swedish writer and labour activist Moa Martinson.

Andrew Kerr is Research Assistant at the University of Lincoln, UK attached to the Every Day Lives In War AHRC funded World War One Engagement Centre.

Adam Sherif is Researcher at the University of Lincoln, UK and is also co-authoring Comics, the Holocaust and Hiroshima with Jane Chapman and Dan Ellin.

Reviews

"Mining comics and cartoons as historical sources, this is an innovative, theoretically sophisticated study that crosses national and geographical boundaries. It makes a pioneering contribution to print, labour, gender and new cultural history, and the expanding field of humour studies, through a captivating series of case studies from both World Wars." - Bridget Griffen-Foley, Macquarie University, Australia

"This study's focus on homefront and front-line comics from the two world wars brings welcome attention to texts generally ignored by scholars of history and comic art alike. Its argument for the significance of these largely overlooked comics as valuable source material opens the doors for further studies in these two fields and beyond." - Gene Kannenberg, Jr., Northwestern University, USA

"This book establishes the significance of comics as a cultural record, with lesser-known and forgotten titles giving important insights into everyday lives and mentalities across the English-speaking world in times of war. Comics are an exciting addition to the repertoire of sources that inform commemorative activities in the 21st century as well as historical studies of the period." - Sarah Lloyd, Director of Everyday Lives in War, an AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre, UK

"I found particular value in the close readings of comics of William Haselden, more obscure artists from the left wing press in America and Australia, and soldier artists from the trench papers. The authors tackle issues of gender representation and certainly Kathleen O'Brien's 'Wanda the War Girl' comic warrants closer attention." - Ian Gordon, National University of Singapore, Singapore


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comics and the World Wars
Book Subtitle
A Cultural Record
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27371-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 217
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