Journal of Romance Studies

Animot liberation or oh! what a beastly war: the Falklands–Malvinas conflict in the political cartoon, from Humor to The If… Chronicles

Journal of Romance Studies (2008), 8, (2), 73–94.

Abstract

Amidst the post-twenty-fifth-anniversary plethora of political drum-beating, commemorative, nostalgic or vituperative re-evocations of the 1982 conflict in the South Atlantic, to revisit the imaginative representations of war may foster an understanding of other predicaments, other needs and different cultures. Thus, for example, a British social imaginary suffused for more than two decades with the penguins and politicians of Steve Bell’s Guardian cartoons might seek and even find its Argentine counterpart in the exterminated bravery of the censored and eventually shut down satirical review Humor. In bringing to the fore caricatural depictions of and in conflict, this analysis explores perspectives and introduces angles developed by popular culture deriving from within the protagonists’ national cultural imaginaries. It endeavours to supplement what has usually been, primarily, either a ‘Falklands’ or a ‘Malvinas’ critical focus by adopting an international comparative approach to the topic.

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