A 'trace of history': Cartoons from the Australian War Memorial Christmas books of the Second World War.

Carmen Moran, Margaret (deceased) Massam

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Abstract

In the last two decades there has been a substantial growth in the study of humour, with several theories grounded in various disciplines. There is also a vast literature of humour in war, much of which predates this more recent interest in humour. Frequently, humour is discussed in terms of the way it characterised the individual solder. This paper contrasts two propositions: The proposition that humour contributed to the heroic mythologising of the Australian soldier and the alternative proposition that humour presented a non-heroic account of soldiers' experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian War Memorial, Journal of the
Volume39
Issue numbern/a
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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