Comedy, caricature and the social order, 1820-50 by Brian MaidmentComedy, caricature and the social order, 1820-50 by Brian Maidment

Comedy, caricature and the social order, 1820-50

byBrian Maidment

Hardcover | February 1, 2013

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Offering an overview of the market place for comic images between 1820 and 1850, this considers the impact on the development of print culture of the emergent, but soon widespread, use of lithography and wood engraving. Drawing on a wide range of commercially produced print genres, includingsong 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 ofanalyzing and coping with social change through comic forms and genres.Beginning with an overview of the range of media, modes and genres that artists, engravers, publishers and entrepreneurs of print culture used in pursuit of wide readerships, the book discusses contemporary theories of humour in some detail and challenges the generally condescending response thatart and social historians have offered to such material. The second half of the book is built upon four detailed case studies of related groups of images produced in the period, through which the broader arguments made in the first half of the book are subjected to more thorough scrutiny.The book is aimed at a broad range of scholars and students across art history, social history, cultural studies and literature.
Brian Maidment is Professor of the History of Print Culture in the English Department at Liverpool John Moores University.
Title:Comedy, caricature and the social order, 1820-50Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.49 × 6.89 × 0.79 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719075262

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Table of Contents

Part 1 – Regency and early Victorian graphic humour: Modes and markets.1. ‘Graphic bric-a-brac’? Approaching early nineteenth-century graphic humour2. Regency visual culture in the market place 3. Continuity, change and innovation in Regency and early Victorian comic print culture.Part 2 – The social vision of Regency and early Victorian comic visual culture4. Reflections in a print shop window – the politics of the public image5. Robert Seymour: A jobbing artist in the market place 6. The ‘march of intellect’ as a comic event: Mockery, heroism and social change7. Revisiting the Regency: Punch’s dustmenAppendixBibliographyIndex

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"No brief account can do justice to the erudition and insight that is here brought to bear upon a subject that has waited a very long time for a champion. Maidment's book triumphantly makes a case for this vibrant, fluid era of graphic art as a subject worthy of serious and sustainedinvestigation. His own study lights the way forward." --Patrick Leary, Victorian Periodicals review 47:I Spring 2014