Textual Coverage vs. Visual Images of Chemical Weapons in the British Press from 1915-1918

Topics: World War I, World War II, Chlorine / Pages: 13 (3024 words) / Published: Dec 24th, 2012
Dr. Zoghlami Hanan

Textual Coverage versus Visual images of chemical weapons in the British Press (1915_1918)

Islem Hammami Marwa Bouani Nadia Rouabeh

Textual Coverage versus Visual images of chemical weapons in the British Press (1915_1918)

Outline:
Introduction
I. Artistic production: Visual images: 1. Historical overview 2. Types of images: Printed images of chemical weapons a) Cartoons b) Photographs c) Posters II. Textual coverage of chemical weapons: a cogent means? III. “Mute witnesses”: a new propaganda machine during the Gas War? IV. The interrelationship between the verbal and the visual V. Some illustrations of interpreted visual images in the British press during the First World War Conclusion

Textual Coverage versus Visual images of chemical weapons in the British Press (1915_1918)

Introduction:
The advent of the Gas during the First World War proved to be an armament of total war dividing it into three major phases during which the Britons as part of the Allied forces were affected to a great amount physically, emotionally as well as mentally until the decision for retaliation took place. Every segment of the British society whispered about their respirators the only way for them to survive in chaotic environment of poisonous and asphyxiating gasses. Children, adults, politicians and soldiers were altogether trained to wear masks for fear to suffocate till death in the silence of a murderous war. Yet, this terrible and alarming situation under which lived the Britons for almost 4 years did not prevent journalists and artists from accomplishing their vocation. Distressed though they were from this vile weapon, they never missed room to insist upon their devotion,

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