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The Dialectical Image of Caricature: Eduard Fuchs and the March Revolution of 1848

  • Author / Creator
    Nikolic, Misa
  • The work of the Marxist cultural historian Eduard Fuchs (1870-1940) has been criticised for its inconsistent application of historical materialism to the fields of caricature and erotica. Although this criticism does have some merit, the question of whether Fuchs treats caricature in a dialectical fashion remains insufficiently answered. To address this I examine Fuchs’ early study on the caricature of 1848, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Revolution. My approach is also grounded in historical materialism, and uses the concept of the dialectical image to re-evaluate the interaction of image and text in his publications. My goals in this research are therefore twofold: first, to define the dialectical image and demonstrate how caricature presents a dialectical image of the past; and secondly, to determine to what degree Fuchs has achieved this in his study of the caricature of 1848.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30P0WX8G
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Art and Design
  • Specialization
    • History of Art, Design and Visual Culture
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Harris, Steven (Art and Design)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Loveless, Natalie (Art and Design)
    • Sweeney, Dennis (History and Classics)