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date: 23 July 2024


The Oxford Companion to Canadian History
G. Bruce RetallackG. Bruce Retallack

Editorial cartoons have been a ubiquitous feature of Canadian popular culture since well before Confederation. In many ways, the art and the country matured together, and these comic images provide a remarkable running commentary of the nation's history. While their content has always been thoroughly political, there are aspects of the genre that also make it a fertile source of historical information about Canadian social and cultural practices. With only moments to convey their messages, cartoonists rely on a cultural lexicon of shared visual and verbal references that can be rapidly grasped, and the nature of those common references tell us much about the social and intellectual context in which they circulated.... ...

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