Revista de Estudios Sociales
Print version ISSN 0123-885X
GONZALEZ, Beatriz. Parodic Visions: Laughter, Demons, Jocularity and Cartoons. rev.estud.soc. [online]. 2008, n.30, pp. 72-79. ISSN 0123-885X.
This article attempts to characterize cartoons by examining topics related to them and parody in four different moments. The frst section addresses the arrival of laughter in the Americas and the present-day territory of Colombia. The relationship between laughter and innocence and maliciousness is noted. In the second section, the demon is presented as a source of evil and as an evangelical teaching tool in the same way that the cartoon is used as a method of teaching. The third section addressses the concepts of Charge and the cartoon in the universal language. It identifes Charge as the literature of manners in New Granada during the nineteenth century The parody of customs and its relationship to Realism in European art and to cartoons is noted. The last section discusses the relationship between cartoon and power: how the myth that cartoons can topple governments becomes, during periods of fun-damentalism, a double-edged weapon for the cartoonist.
Keywords : Cartoons; parody; demons; power.