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Tex Avery

A Unique Legacy (1942 - 55)

By Floriane Place-Verghnes

Publication date: December 2006
Total pages: 160
ISBN: 0 86196 659 7
Price: £ 17.50


Tex Avery: A Unique Legacy (1942-55) is a major new study of the work of the great animator Tex Avery, and falls into four key sections. Firstly Floriane Place-Verghnes concentrates on Avery’s ability to depict both the American attempt to retrieve the past nostalgically and to catch the Zeitgeist of 1940s America which confronts the questions of violence and survival.

Secondly the author analyses issues of sex and gender and the crucial role Hollywood played in reshaping the image of womanhood, reducing it to a bipolar opposition.

Thirdly, she examines the comic language developed by Avery which, although drawing on the work of the Marx Brothers and Chaplin (amongst others) transcended their conventions.

Finally, the work is located within the generic cio ntext of cartoon-making technique and its brief history.


Floriane Place-Verghnes teaches in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester

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