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Graphic Satire in the Soviet UnionKrokodil's Political Cartoons$
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John Etty

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496820525

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496820525.001.0001

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Making the Risible Visible: The Performative Construction of Non-Soviet Ideology in Krokodil

Making the Risible Visible: The Performative Construction of Non-Soviet Ideology in Krokodil

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(p.141) Chapter Six Making the Risible Visible: The Performative Construction of Non-Soviet Ideology in Krokodil
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Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union
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John Etty

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496820525.003.0007

This chapter considers Krokodil as a site for the historically grounded reiterative and discursive co-creation of ideological meanings. It interprets Krokodil's vision of ideology as performative in that it is enacted corporeally on the surface of characters in cartoons and is taken to be expressive of an ideological core. The approach in this chapter is to investigate character construction through visual ideologemes and visual metaphors related to different modes of seeing in all three schemata, and to explore how ideological meaning and political critiques were deposited in cartoons in the process. This method reveals that in Krokodil, ideology was regarded as a "political thought-practice". A performative reading of Krokodil's cartoons reveals how Krokodil engaged satirically with all ideologies and highlights how Krokodil explored divergences between thought and practice. Furthermore, performativity provides a theoretical framework for understanding how cartoons explored what was acceptable subject matter for Soviet satirists.

Keywords:   Performativity, Ideological performance, Character construction, Visual metaphor, Visual ideologeme

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