“She's Punch Drunk!!”: Humor, Domestic Violence, and the British Working Class in Andy Capp Cartoons, 1957–65

Rachel Wallace

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Abstract

This article explores representations of domestic violence in Andy Capp cartoons published in the Daily Mirror. Created in 1957, the Capp cartoons were designed to humorously portray working-class married life in North East England. The cartoons reflected and perpetuated anachronistic stereotypes surrounding working-class masculinity, working-class femininity, and North East England. The article considers the role of humor and cartoons in representations of domestic violence as well as the social realities of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Despite attempts to scale back the violence in the cartoons Andy Capp continued to be associated, in the popular imagination, with domestic violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-151
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Popular Culture
Volume51
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06 Feb 2018

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