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Book Launch: ‘Catalan Cartoons’ by Dr Rhiannon McGlade

London, 15/02/2016

The Centre for Catalan Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, hosts a launch for Rhiannon McGlade's new book Catalan Cartoons: A Cultural and Political History on Monday 15 February at 5.30pm. The book has been published by University Wales Press and supported by Institut Ramon Llull. 

Catalan language and culture abroad

The launch of the book will feature an introduction by Prof. John London (Director, Centre for Catalan Studies) and a discussion of the book in relation to present debates about the impact and cultural value of satirical cartoons and their study, featuring the author Dr Rhiannon McGlade (Catalan Research Fellow, QMUL) and cartoonist Tim Sanders (Common Knowledge). Free event followed by a wine reception.

15 February 2016
5.30pm - 7.30pm

John Smith's Bookshop
Queen Mary University of London
329 Mile End Road
E1 4NT

About the book

In a world increasingly dominated by visual sensation, our understanding of the role and influence of comics and cartoon humor in popular culture has become essential. This book offers a critical and cognitive focus that captures the changing fortunes of Catalan humour production against the shifting political landscape in the period 1898–1982. It considers how Catalan satire has been influenced by periods of relative calm as well as censorship, violence, war and dictatorship, and among its key features is its presentation of a continued cartooning tradition that was not ended by the installation of the Franco dictatorship, but which rather continued in a number of adapted forms, playing its own role in the evolution of the period. Thus, as well as introducing the most representative cartoonists and publications, the Catalan example is used to explore broader aspects of this complex communication form, opening new avenues for cultural, historical and socio-political research. 

About the author
Dr Rhiannon McGlade is a Research Fellow in Catalan Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.

About Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders is a cartoonist and illustrator and has worked for a range of publications including, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Private Eye, The Oldie, TheThe Times Higher Education Supplement, El Periódico and many more. Sanders is also a Spanish speaker and a scholar of Hispanic art.


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