Marie Duval

Maverick Victorian Cartoonist

By Simon Grennan, Roger Sabin and Julian Waite

Marie Duval


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3354-0
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: November 2020
  • BIC Category: ART / Techniques / Cartooning, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Literature, Cartoons & Comic Strips, Comic Book & Cartoon Art, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, The arts / History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • Series: Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century


Marie Duval: maverick Victorian cartoonist offers the first critical appraisal of the work of Marie Duval (Isabelle Émilie de Tessier, 1847-1890), one of the most unusual, pioneering and visionary cartoonists of the later nineteenth century.

It discusses key themes and practices of Duval's vision and production, relative to the wider historic social, cultural and economic environments in which her work was made, distributed and read, identifing Duval as an exemplary radical practitioner.

The book interrogates the relationships between the practices and the forms of print, story-telling, drawing and stage performance.

It focuses on the creation of new types of cultural work by women and highlights the style of Duval's drawings relative to both the visual conventions of theatre production and the significance of the visualisation of amateurism and vulgarity.

Marie Duval: maverick Victorian cartoonist establishes Duval as a unique but exemplary figure in a transformational period of the nineteenth century.


Introduction - Simon Grennan, Roger Sabin, Julian Waite

Part I: Work
1 Finding a voice at Judy - Roger Sabin
2 Marie Duval and the woman employee - Simon Grennan
3 Marie Duval's theatre career and its impact on her drawings - Julian Waite
4 The children's book author: Queens & Kings and Other Things - Roger Sabin
5 Marie Duval and the technologies of periodical publishing - Simon Grennan

Part II: Depicting and performing
6 The significance of Marie Duval's drawing style - Simon Grennan
7 The relationship between performance and drawing: suggestive synaesthesia in Marie Duval's work - Julian Waite
8 The role of spectacle in Marie Duval's work - Julian Waite
9 A women's cartoonist? - Roger Sabin

Appendix 1 Questions of attribution
Simon Grennan, Roger Sabin, Julian Waite

Appendix 2 Questions of terminology and historicisation
Simon Grennan, Roger Sabin, Julian Waite



Simon Grennan is Leading Research Fellow at the University of Chester

Roger Sabin is Professor of Popular Culture at the University of the Arts London

Julian Waite is an independent scholar and former Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts and Programme Leader MA Drama at the University of Chester

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