Alsadi, Wejdan.

The multimodal rhetoric of humour in Saudi media cartoons / Wejdan Alsadi and Martin Howard. - Boston : De Gruyter Mouton, [2021] - 178 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) - Humor research ; volume 12 . - Humor research ; 12. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-176) and index.

Cartoons, as a form of humour and entertainment, are a social product which are revealing of different social and political practices that prevail in a society, humourised and satirised by the cartoonist. This book advances research on cartoons and humour in the Saudi context. It contributes to the growing multimodal research on non-interactional humour in the media that benefits from traditional theories of verbal humour. The study analyses the interaction between visual and verbal modes, highlighting the multimodal manifestations of the rhetorical devices frequently employed to create humour in English-language cartoons collected from the Saudi media. The multimodal analysis shows that the frequent rhetorical devices such as allusions, parody, metaphor, metonymy, juxtaposition, and exaggeration take a form which is woven between the visual and verbal modes, and which makes the production of humorous and satirical effect more unique and interesting. The analysis of the cartoons across various thematic categories further offers a window into contemporary Saudi society.

9781501516726 (hbk.) 1501516728 (hbk.)


Wit and humor.
Wit and humor, Pictorial.
Art, Saudi Arabian.
Rhetoric -- Saudi Arabia.
Mass media -- Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabia -- Social life and customs.

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