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date: 20 March 2019

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Zhang Guangyu’s illustrated tale Journey to the West in Cartoons (1945) has been described as a colorful, whimsical, but also trenchant lampoon of bankrupt politics and society under Nationalist rule at the close of the War of Resistance against Japan. Journey is indeed a masterful example of satire, but it is also a remarkable work of manhua, a genre of verbal-visual art often referred to as “cartoon” that flourished in China’s treaty ports in the first half of the twentieth century. This chapter proposes that when viewed in conversation with the history of China’s manhua, Zhang’s fanciful allegory describes a symbiosis between manhua and the popular print genre of the pictorial magazine, the medium in which manhua thrived during the interwar years.

Keywords: cartoon, satire, China, Journey to the West, Zhang Guangyu

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