Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
History in Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,500 word essay  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x seminar presentation and report  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x 5,000 word project  60%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x supplementary (resit) seminar presentation and report  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 5,000 word supplementary (resit) project  60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of knowledge of Georgian satirical prints.
b) Demonstrate an understanding of a range of approaches to the study of visual evidence.
c) Read, analyse and reflect critically on primary texts.
d) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
e) Gather, sift and critically assess both primary and secondary source materials.
f) Work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in group discussion.

Brief description

This module is designed to introduce students to the uses of visual evidence, more particularly eighteenth century caricature. Students will learn how to 'read' paintings and cartoons, enabling them to discover explicit and hidden messages in these 'texts'. The role of art and caricature will be examined in relation to: political life; propaganda and nation-building; women and the construction of gender; attitudes towards the lower orders; and views on luxury, consumption and fashion. The work of Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson and the Cruickshanks will come under detailed scrutiny, allowing us to trace the progression of the satirical print through the reign of George III until its demise in the early nineteenth century.


1. Introduction
2. The Caricaturist at Work: William Hogarth
3. Britain and the Foreigner
4. The Lower Orders
5. The Caricaturist at Work: James Gillray
6. The Royal Family
7. Party Politics
8. Luxury, Fashion and Consumption
9. Women and the Construction of Gender
10. The French Revolution


This module is at CQFW Level 6