Censorship of Political Caricature in Nineteenth-Century France Paperback
by Robert Justin Goldstein (Author)
This work is an account of the struggle over freedom of caricature in France during the period between 1815 and 1914. Illustrated with caricatures originally published during the 19th century, it traces the attempt of the French authorities to control opposition political drawings and the attempts of caricaturists to evade restrictions on their craft. Although prior censorship of the printed word in France was abolished in 1822, censorship of caricature was enforced almost continuously until 1881, and even thereafter caricaturists were periodically prosecuted after publication of what were considered seditious drawings. During the period 1815-1914, about 20 caricature journals were suppressed and well over a score of caricaturists and their editors were jailed for falling foul of the laws regulating political drawings. The continuation of censorship of political drawings long after the lifting of similar restrictions for the printed word reflected the enormous fear which caricatures evoked among French governmental elites. The impact of pictures was greater than that of words because while many of the feared lower classes could not read, they could understand simple and clever political drawings.
Paperback: 293 pages
Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr (November 1989)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches