Drawing resistance - Swedish cartoonists and their relation to politics, power and the art of making others laugh

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper

Sammanfattning: This essay analyzes conversations between the author and three Swedish cartoonists concerningideas of politics, art and comics. The cartoonists are Elin Lucassi, Amalia Alvarez and EmanuelGarnheim. The aim is to examine how political cartoons can be constructed within a frame offeminist and political activism. Do the cartoonists view cartoons as a method for political changeand in which way is this idea then formulated with the cartoonists? What ideas are being negotiatedwithin the discourse of cartoons concerning its relationship to art as activism? What forms offeminist resistances can laughter create in a political struggle that is presented through cartoons?With discourse theory, feminist theory and political philosophy, some answers to these questions aresearched for. The result shows that they all considers themselves as acting within an activismframework and that they do so by drawing cartoons concerning certain issues. Humor seems to actas a special ingredient when conveying difficult political matters and the cartoonists relationship tonotions of art is a complicated one. And so, the result indicates an intricate affair concerning thecartoonist own ideas around their artistic and activistic practices.

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