A Thing of Humour? Exploring Gender and Hostile Humour in Alberta Political Cartoons

  • Author / Creator
    Wilissa M. Reist
  • This thesis addresses the intersections existing between gender, violence and political humour in Alberta political cartoons. I ask the following question: do cartoonists more frequently use hostile humour to represent women premiers, and, if so, what do these representations communicate about gender and political leadership and Alberta political culture? To answer this question, I conducted a content and discourse analysis of 154 political cartoons presenting Alberta premiers Rachel Notley, Alison Redford, and Ed Stelmach during their first eighteen months in office. I argue that while hostile humour was a key part of the jokes in editorial cartoons directed at Notley, Redford and Stelmach, hostile humour is complex and nuanced. In the case of Alberta, hostile humour in political cartoons creates a hierarchy of what is and is not politically acceptable by enforcing gendered and ideological views about the political status-quo, thus reinforcing the belief that politics exists as a male and conservative pursuit.

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    Fall 2018
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    Master of Arts
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