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Eek: Gender Archetypes on Victoria Postcards

Over several years, James Duffy has been collecting, what has become, the largest collection of postcards depicting the Eek a Mouse trope. For those of you who are unaware, this trope traditionally portrays a female figure standing on a chair. Underneath, beside or on her is a mouse. This trope has feature prevalently throughout the history of postcards, as well as in cartoons and film. James, in his research, is uncovering why this trope exists, what it suggests of the cultures it is present in and why it continues to be reproduced today. Currently very much in its research phase, this project will become a visual essay which will explore depictions of this trope from its beginning to now.

The Collection

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