Joan of Ox(ford)

The student paper at my campus ran this editorial cartoon in yesterday’s issue. (Click the image for a larger version.) I’m intrigued by how dense the cartoon is with Catholic imagery. Are most students here able to “read” that imagery? Note especially where the Virgin Mary is saying, “I didn’t exist. You do…” To “get” that comment would require a pretty substantial level of iconographic literacy.

(I think that’s supposed to be the Virgin Mary, anyway. She’s riding a dragon reminiscent of the Beast from Revelation–the one the Whore rides–which is confusing–unless a rather obscure comment is being made about the juxtaposition of the Virgin and the Whore as images of femininity–or unless there’s an iconographic reference I’m missing out on because the imagery is that dense.)

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By Chris Curme

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2 thoughts on “Joan of Ox(ford)

  1. Chris Curme says:

    That’s not the Virgin Mary it is Saint Margaret the Virgin, one of the saints who appeared to Joan of Arc along with Michael the Archangel and St. Catherine of Alexandria. She says “I didn’t exist…” because she is apocryphal.

  2. Chris Curme says:

    But I like your interpretation of the Virgin Mary as a whore much better.

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