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Dyrenfurth, Nick and Marian Quartly. "‘All the World Over’: The transnational world of australian radical and labour cartoonists." Drawing the Line. Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence. Eds. Richard Scully and Marian Quartly. Clayton: Monash Univ. ePress, 2009. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.2104/dl090006
BibTeX citation key: Dyrenfurth2009
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Keywords: Australia, Caricature, History, Politics, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Dyrenfurth, Quartly, Scully
Publisher: Monash Univ. ePress (Clayton)
Collection: Drawing the Line. Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence
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This chapter considers the transnational world of early Australian radical and labour cartoonists, focussing upon the work of well-known artists Phil May, Livingstone Hopkins, Montagu Scott, Claude Marquet, Jim Case and Will Dyson. Political cartooning constituted a vitally important element of the cultural politics of the early Australian labour movement. However, most historians have assumed that the visual evidence of this period was merely confirmation of an existing or latent working-class consciousness, rather than understanding the role of iconic representation in the making of class identities in the first place. Herein we have two major concerns. Firstly we will show how Australian cartoonists drew on their Anglo-American backgrounds and the parallel overseas activities of the day. Secondly, in this context, we will explore the nature and purpose of their collective project, one that created a populist narrative of ‘heroes and villains’ for political Labor: villainous capitalistic ‘Fat Men’ battled it out against heroic male ‘workers’ and a more collective vision of ‘the People’.
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