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The article examines the relation between the avant-garde, propaganda, and comics during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). It considers comics targeted at adults as a form of propaganda during the war, highlighting not only the specific political functions of such publications on the Republican side (La Hora, Trincheras, L’Esquella de la Torratxa) and the Francoist side (La Ametralladora), but also the often problematic way in which artists of all affiliations drew on the aesthetics of the prewar avant-garde. Looking at intellectuals such as Ramón Gómez de la Serna, José Ortega y Gasset, Pío Baroja, and Henri Bergson, the concept of humor is linked to the development of avant-garde aesthetics in prewar Spain. The article investigates how and in what circumstances humorismo survived in certain magazines, with reference to the stubbornness of artists such as Miguel Mihura and Tono in La Ametralladora.
Author(s): Catala-Carrasco JL
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Romance Quarterly
Online publication date: 21/09/2015
Acceptance date: 24/08/2015
ISSN (print): 0883-1157
ISSN (electronic): 1940-3216
Notes: Special Issue: Humor in Spain, Part 1.
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