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Inventing the Cave ManFrom Darwin to the Flintstones$
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Andrew Horrall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113849

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113849.001.0001

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(p.198) Conclusion
Inventing the Cave Man

Andrew Horrall

Manchester University Press

This short chapter is constructed around two cave men cartoons that were published in 2015. These are used to demonstrate the book’s conclusion that the cave man character in popular culture was established in late-Victorian Britain to show, in a gently mocking tone, that national ideals and institutions were superlative and immemorial. This has subsequently been expanded to suggest that Anglo-Saxon society has always been predominant. The character does not reflect scientific evidence or the controversies of the 1860s. These modern humans inhabit a conservative projection of the contemporary world in which its dominant values and ideas are unchallenged. This allows a broad audience to laugh, at itself, unselfconsciously.

Keywords:   The Croods, New Yorker magazine

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