Garry Trudeau

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi

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Since 1968, Garry Trudeau (b. 1948) has brought his brand of political satire to bear on public figures, movie stars, heads of state, and even on himself. Trudeau has also advocated for artists' rights and challenged industry norms while keeping a decidedly low profile. InGarry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire, Kerry D. Soper traces the contribution of this groundbreaking artist.Trudeau is arguably the premier American political and social satirist of the last forty years. Amazingly, he achieved this on the comics page, rather than the editorial page. By defying convention, Trudeau has established a hybrid form of popular satire that capitalizes on the narrative continuity and broad reach of the comic strip form, while operating according to the rules of combative political commentary.Garry Trudeau is divided into chapters that offer a history ofDoonesbury; an analysis of Trudeau's effective satiric methods; a discussion of the methods whereby he challenged the business practices of the comic strip industry; an examination of the aesthetics ofDoonesbury; and a consideration of Trudeau's significance as a social chronicler through an analysis of his character construction, narrative practices, and documentation of the American zeitgeist. Garry Trudeau is a thorough assessment of one of America's most popular and controversial cartoonists.Kerry D. Soper is director of the American studies program and associate professor of humanities, classics, and comparative literature at Brigham Young University. His work has appeared in theJournal of American Studies,International Journal of Comic Art,INKS: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, theChronicle of Higher Education, and other periodicals.

Author Biography

Kerry D. Soper is director of the American Studies program and associate professor of humanities, classics, and comparative literature at Brigham Young University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
From Walden to Iraq: A Brief History of Trudeau's Careerp. 23
"That's Not Appropriate": Investigative Satire on the Funnies Pagep. 58
Artist Rights and Fights: The Business of Comic Stripsp. 90
A Heavy-Lidded Eye: The Aesthetics of Doonesburyp. 118
Zonker and the Zeitgeist: Doonesbury as a Cultural Chroniclep. 145
Works Citedp. 173
Indexp. 177
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