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Representation of Masculinity in Cartoons

The male image belongs to the central leading images of the modern age and has a decisive effect on self and enemy images as well as political and private behavioral patterns. Caricature, as a multi-code genre of public communication, is a particularly effective means of stereotyping, its analysis is a challenge for cultural semiotics, which allows a complex reconstruction of structural and socio-cultural aspects. The dissertation project will analyze the question of how the images of normative and deviant masculinity at the turn of the century have changed in the reflection of caricature, how they have been influenced by the new gender movements (women's, men's, and gay movements), as well as which innovative images these discourses have emphasized. The study develops a methodology of caricature analysis on the bases of image semiotics and  "critical discourse analysis" and aims to make an interdisciplinary contribution to the reconstruction of gender system dynamics in our culture.

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