Carnivalization of Politics: Quebec Cartoons on Relations with Canada, England, and France, 1960-1979

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Oct 18, 1995 - Art - 148 pages
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Examining cartoons published between 1960 and 1979, Morris shows how the artists dealt with particular aspects of Quebec's political experience. He looks at Berthio's drawings on Queen Elizabeth's visit and Dupras's on President de Gaulle's; Girerd's and Berthio's on Quebec-Ottawa relations; Girerd's on the referendum campaign; and Girerd's and Aislin's on the English minority in Quebec. He points out recurring tensions, oppositions, and associations and analyses them from a sociological perspective. One of Morris's major objectives is to better understand the framework through which ideas presented in cartoons are filtered to their audience, focusing on the metaphors that underlie the frame, message, content, and form of the cartoons. Morris argues that the carnivalization of political figures and events, whereby the social structure is mockingly inverted and society's values and taboos are exaggerated until they become ridiculous, is a central metaphor governing Quebec cartoons of this period. He also explores the metaphor of the family, with England and France as grandparents, Canada and Quebec as parents, and the official-language minorities as children.
 

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Contents

Advertising and cartooning in relation to behaviour II
11
The structure of the ceremony and the carnival
17
Help Help Berthio
19
The crowd gets ready to greet Her Majesty Berthio
26
Dupras Welcomes President
37
Relationships among the main characters in Dupras work
40
What does he say? Dupras
45
The two solitudes Dupras
54
Pretend it hurts Lester Berthio
78
I cant move back any further Berthio
80
Can They Live Apart?
83
The question Girerd
92
And if the answer should be No? Girerd
99
Size and position according to role in Girerds referendum drawings
104
Quebec and its Language
107
No cause for panic old chap Girerd
112

Interactions among Dupras principal characters
55
Sociogram of Dupras central characters
56
Dupras FrenchEnglish relations
57
Can They Live
60
Those two are inseparable Girerd
66
The two dogs Girerd
73
Speak French English dogs Aislin
117
Happy St Patricks Day Aislin
119
But moving our head office? Aislin
123
Conclusions
126
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Raymond N. Morris is professor of sociology, Glendon College, York University.

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