Grasping political cartoons? Not an easy matter.
European Journal of Humour Research, 2018, 6(1), pp. 85-99. Online ISSN 2307-700X SCOPUS link
The article focuses on the interpretation of political cartoons and the means of expression a cartoonist uses to convey a message: visual metaphors as incongruities, visual metonymies, incongruities triggered by the interaction between image, title and caption as well as inferential incongruities in the form of conceptual metaphors. Political cartoons can have more than one focal (visual) incongruity that enables the introduction of a Logical Mechanism which is usually partially resolved. Visual metonymies and visual parody can also function as enablers of a Logical Mechanism. An image in a political cartoon can also contrast with or reinforce a Logical Mechanism. Humour in political cartoons is the means to get the cartoonist’s message across to the viewer/reader and not an end in itself.
Humour, political cartoons, incongruity, visual incongruity, visual metaphor, visual metonymy, parody.