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The Joker, Clown Prince of Nobility: The “Master” Criminal, Nietzsche, and the Rise of the Superman

Ryan Litsey

in The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462388
eISBN:
9781626746831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Meanwhile, Ryan Litsey suggests a reading of the Joker as a “Nietzschean Superman.” Applying Nietzsche to his reading of the video game Batman: Arkham City, Litsey argues that the “will to power” – a ... More


The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462388
eISBN:
9781626746831
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Along with Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, the Joker is one of the most recognizable sequential art characters in popular culture. While there has been a great deal of scholarly attention on ... More


Episodes of Madness: Representations of the Joker in Television and Animation

David Ray Carter

in The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462388
eISBN:
9781626746831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

While the Joker’s current transmedia persona is overwhelmingly a dark and violent one, David Ray Carter suggests that we move beyond contemporary interpretations and consider the deeper history of ... More


Making Sense Squared: Iteration and Synthesis in Grant Morrison’s Joker

Mark P. Williams

in The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462388
eISBN:
9781626746831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Mark P. Williams uses the Joker as a vehicle through which to meditate on “the reader’s own relationship with the superhero form, and the superhero form’s relationship with contemporary modernity.” ... More


Law and violence

Neal Curtis

in Sovereignty and Superheroes

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719085048
eISBN:
9781526104434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085048.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter explores the central claim regarding the sovereign’s monopoly on violence. This monopoly is supposed to produce peace and hence sovereignty is understood to be pacific and yet the ... More


The Dragon Lady of Gotham: Feminine Power, the Mythical East, and Talia al Ghul

Tosha Taylor

in The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808714
eISBN:
9781496808752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

In “The Dragon Lady of Gotham: Feminine Power, the Mythical East, and Talia al Ghul,” Tosha Taylor considers the gender and race politics of Batman’s most complex enemy and ally. The chapter explores ... More


Camp, Verisimilitude, Noir, and Neon: The Historical Evolution towards Stylistic Remediation

Drew Morton

in Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496809780
eISBN:
9781496809827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496809780.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the historical, cultural, industrial, and technological contexts of stylistic remediation between comics and film. It traces the evolution of these various contexts in relation ... More


“There, That Looks Much Better”: The Joker, Sin City, The Spirit, and the Dialogical Process of Remediation

Drew Morton

in Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496809780
eISBN:
9781496809827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496809780.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the dialogical aspects of stylistic remediation by focusing on Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker and Frank Miller's Sin City, and The Spirit. It first considers how the graphical ... More


Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Marc Singer

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

One of the most eclectic and distinctive writers currently working in comics, Grant Morrison (b. 1960) brings the auteurist sensibility of alternative comics and graphic novels to the popular ... More


“Cogitation Against Libraries”: Bacon, the Bodleian, and the Weight of the Medieval Past

Jennifer Summit

in Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226781716
eISBN:
9780226781723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226781723.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter locates Francis Bacon in the tradition of Reformation era and post-Reformation library makers that begins with Matthew Parker, John Bale, and Stephen Batman and extends to Bodley's first ... More


The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Paul Williams and James Lyons (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737929
eISBN:
9781604737936
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Starting in the mid-1980s, a talented set of comics artists changed the comic-book industry in the United States forever by introducing adult sensibilities and aesthetic considerations into popular ... More


Work for Hire

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Grant Morrison’s comic book works in the “Prismatic Age” of the superhero genre. The 2000s was identified as the “Prismatic Age,” because it was during this decade where the ... More


The Revisionary Superhero Narrative

Geoff Klock

in The Superhero Reader

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038068
eISBN:
9781621039549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter presents an excerpt from Geoff Klock’s How to Read Superhero Comics and Why (2002). It suggests that the 1980s’so-called revisionary superhero movement—in particular its taproots texts ... More


Batman, Deviance and Camp

Andy Medhurst

in The Superhero Reader

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038068
eISBN:
9781621039549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter offers a gay reading of Batman. It presents three reasons why Batman is especially interesting to gay audiences. Firstly, he was one of the first fictional characters to be attacked on ... More


Turning to the Dark Side: Challenging American Mythology in the Superhero Genre

Terence McSweeney

in The 'War on Terror' and American Film: 9/11 Frames Per Second

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748693092
eISBN:
9781474408547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693092.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter concerns itself with the renaissance of the superhero genre in post-9/11 film and asks what this might be able to tell us about contemporary America. It offers a detailed analysis of the ... More


The Tradition of Treaty Making in Australian History

Saliha Belmessous

in Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199391783
eISBN:
9780190213213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391783.003.0008
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History, Social History

This chapter shows that, in early colonial Australia, treaties were considered a serious legal instrument to address the rights of Aboriginal peoples. British authorities had justified their taking ... More


Stephen Batman, Edmund Spenser, and Myth as an Art of Discernment

Anna-Maria Hartmann

in English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807704
eISBN:
9780191845529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807704.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

Stephen Batman’s Golden Booke of the Leaden Goddes (1577) was the first English Renaissance mythography. It consists of three sections on false gods: the first on pagan deities, the second on ... More


A Clockwork Homage

William Gibbons

in Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190265250
eISBN:
9780190265304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190265250.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

This chapter focuses on games that use classical music to allude to the films of auteur director Stanley Kubrick, whether as homage, parody, or both. By invoking Kubrick’s work, these games aim to ... More


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