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Shaping BeliefCulture, Politics, and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Writing$
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Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311369

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315688

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Caricature and Social Change 1820–1840: The March of Intellect Revisited

Caricature and Social Change 1820–1840: The March of Intellect Revisited

(p.149) 9. Caricature and Social Change 1820–1840: The March of Intellect Revisited
Shaping Belief
Brian Maidment
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines mass literacy and print culture in relation to attitudes towards science, education, literacy, and class mobility in the period 1830–1860, dubbed ‘The March of Intellect’. It looks at caricatures and graphic satire that attempted to portray the March and considers the emergence of a ‘new visual language’ that sought to mediate and accommodate the emerging issues surrounding social interaction and diversity during the nineteenth century. It also analyses the various tropes, motifs, and stereotypes used by caricatures to figure understanding and beliefs about social change, especially by the middle class.

Keywords:   March of Intellect, mass literacy, print culture, science, education, middle class, class mobility, caricatures, graphic satire, social change

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