By Hans Harder (auth.), Hans Harder, Barbara Mittler (eds.)
This ebook bargains with Punches and Punch-like magazines in nineteenth and twentieth century Asia, protecting a space from Egypt and the Ottoman Empire within the West through British India as much as China and Japan within the East. It strains an alternate and mostly unacknowledged aspect of the historical past of this well known British periodical, and at the same time casts a wide-reaching comparative look at the genesis of satirical journalism in a variety of Asian nations. Demonstrating the unfold of either textual and visible satire, it truly is an apt demonstration of the transcultural trajectory of a layout in detail associated with media-bound public spheres evolving within the interval concerned.
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7 The great advantage of the new technology was its ability to print large quantities of material quickly and at a modest cost, which allowed for wide diffusion of information. 8 In short, in the colonial period, print culture and the English language overcame local and regional differences. They helped the Indian intelligentsia to forge a new unity among the Western literate, giving rise to organised and vocal opposition to the imperial government. Of course, one cannot speak of universal literacy in colonial India, or for that matter anywhere in the nineteenth century, with some notable exceptions such as 5 Thomas B.
Punch accordingly transcended its serial nature, and became a fixture within the popular consciousness in a way that superseded the topical and occasional nature of its contents. Punch’s advanced brand consciousness inevitably compromised its potential radicalism. In reprinting his cartoons, Leech, ever deferential to the reading occasions and sensibilities of his public and undoubtedly seeking the best financial returns, anthologised only his social satire, omitting political images which, in any case, became quickly detached from their precise context.
Both the dustman and the cinder sifter were representatives of one of the most degraded trades in the spectrum of urban employment. For both, contact with dirt was a daily event, and their presence on the urban scene reminded all respectable people of something they wished above all to conceal—their dependence on the removal of their waste products. Both dustman and cinder sifter are represented satirically but not entirely unsympathetically. Even the low and contaminated are comically shown to be moved by the same sentimental amorousness as the rest of society.