The Dehumanization of Muslims in Cartoons: A Brief Overview of Illustrated Islamophobia
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Illustration
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Illustration
*Winner, Thesis Proposal Award
Bibliographical references: pages 81-86
This thesis attempts to understand the use of illustration – specifically that of editorial illustration – as a tool within the mechanics of dehumanizing Muslims post-9/11. Images of Muslims have steadily grown more two-dimensional within the last decade, with a great deal of imagery focusing on mindless barbaric violence from anonymous and threatening cartoon perpetrators. Social semiotics and gestalt psychology play a significant role in establishing how signs are developed within the images that create and enhance the stereotype of the aggressive “other.” Headlines and supporting text are illustrated to show how meaning is transferred from the text to the image where it is made more permanent in memory, in turn condensed and distilled into the stereotyped “out-group.” The end of the essay offers possible solutions, as well as a basic course layout for the creation of an illustration class dealing solely with social issues and responsibility.
CHAIR: Drummond, Allan
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