If you’re in the neighbo(u)rhood, stop by Berkeley tomorrow for my talk:
“Peoples of the Edge:” Carto-Caricatures of the Island of Newfoundland and Confederation, 1948-1949
ABSTRACT Visually, the island of Newfoundland is often represented as a place that is removed from the rest of Canadian territory (aptly termed “the mainland”). Since the fifteenth century, many maps have shown Newfoundland as breaking the boundaries of the map frames. This “cartographic transgression” finds a satirical equivalent in the caricatures and cartoons produced when Newfoundland became the tenth Canadian province in 1949. The hotly contested decision to join Canada played out in “The Independent” and “The Confederate,” newsletters that represented the polarized debate through cartoons featuring prominent cartographic elements. I interrogate cartographic caricatures (carto-caricatures) of Newfoundland to explain how visual interpretations can work to integrate the island into the nation-state framework of Canada or foster ignorance of this seemingly peripheral element of the country.