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Maidment, Brian. Comedy, Caricature and the Social Order, 1820–50. Manchester, New York: Manchester Univ. Press, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7190-7526-1
BibTeX citation key: Maidment2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Caricature, Early forms of comics, Humor, Intermediality, Satire, Social criticism, Visual Culture
Creators: Maidment
Publisher: Manchester Univ. Press (Manchester, New York)
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Offering an overview of the marketplace for comic images between 1820 and 1850, this book makes a case for the interest and importance of a largely neglected area of visual culture. It considers the impact on the development of print culture of the emergent, but soon widespread, use of lithography and wood engraving, both capable of integrating texts and images cheaply and imaginatively on the printed page. Drawing on a wide range of commercially produced print genres, including song books, play-texts, comic annuals and magazines as well as single plate and series of caricatures, this book traces the ways in which Regency and early Victorian visual humour both sustains some of the characteristics of an earlier caricature tradition while also beginning to develop new ways of analyzing and coping with social change through comic forms and genres.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations (vi)
Acknowledgements (ix)

Part 1. Regency and early Victorian graphic humour – modes and markets
1. Graphic bric-a-brac? Approaching early nineteenth-century graphic humour (3)
2. Regency visual culture in the market place (30)
3. Continuity, innovation and change: comic visual culture 1820–1850 (47)

Part 2 The social vision of Regency and early Victorian comic visual culture
4. Reflections in a print shop window: from street theatre to crime scene (113)
5. Robert Seymour: a jobbing artist in the market place (144)
6. The ‘march of intellect’ as a comic event: mockery, heroism and social change (177)
7. Revisiting the Regency – Punch’s dustmen (209)

Appendix: Satirical title pages 1832–1835 (229)
Bibliography (231)
Index (241)

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