Being at home abroad: Londoners ‘ong continong’ (on the continent) in the 19th-century comics of Marie Duval.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester, Central Saint Martins
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AbstractMarie Duval is one of the great unsung cartoonists of the 19th century. Her work for the journal Judy between 1869-1885 took comic strips into new and unexpected areas. One of her interests was travel, and in particular the way in which working class and lower middle class people were starting to go on holiday abroad. This phenomenon was a continuation of the notion of the ‘tour’, an upper class pursuit aimed at improving one’s cultural capital though seeing the (usually classical) sights. However, the new cheap package tours of the late 19th century allowed a ‘lower sort’ to participate – with obvious comedic possibilities for the cartoonist. This paper will explore Duval’s take on the clash of manners when ordinary British people came into contact with ‘funny foreigners’ (in particular the French, the Swiss, and the Germans), while at the same time indicating her very knowing references to cartooning traditions (Busch, Rowlandson, etc.) and her ‘other’ career as a popular actress. The paper is part of a bigger project about Duval, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and will be presented jointly by the project’s three leads.
CitationGrennan, S. & Sabin, R. (2015). Being at home abroad: Londoners ‘ong continong’ (on the continent) in the 19th-century comics of Marie Duval. Paper presented at the 6th Graphic Novel and Comics Conference and 9th Bande Desinee Society Conference, Paris, France.
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