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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


Shifting Makeups: The Joker as Performance Style from Romero to Ledger

Dan Hassoun

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/9781628462388.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Dan Hassoun begins our exploration, engaging the Joker’s propensity to fluctuate as a character over time by analyzing a generally under-researched dimension of screen and media studies: performance. ... More


Does the Joker Have Six-Inch Teeth?

Roy T. Cook

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/9781628462388.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Cook’s simple question belies a deep and careful exploration – and ultimately a refutation – of the “panel transparency thesis”: the premise that “characters, objects, events, and locations within ... More


Lady Haha: Performativity, Super-sanity, and the Mutability of Identity

Eric Garneau

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/9781628462388.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Eric Garneau continues, in a way, the discussion Cook begins regarding the mutability of the Joker’s identity by comparing him to a similarly unstable media character, Lady Gaga. Tracing the Clown ... 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


The Obama-Joker: Assembling a Populist Monster

Emmanuelle Wessels and Mark Martinez

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/9781628462388.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Moving from the realm of cinema and sequential art to that of politics, Emmanuelle Wessels and Mark Martinez consider the Joker’s expediency as a symbol in the Tea Party’s protest efforts against ... More


Kiss with a Fist: The Gendered Power Struggle of the Joker and Harley Quinn

Tosha Taylor

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/9781628462388.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Tosha Taylor, in a way, provides an important response to our other contributors by considering the case of the Joker’s “henchwench,” Harley Quinn. As most analyses herein interrogate the Joker ... More


Never Give ’Em What They Expect: The Joker Ethos as the Zeitgeist of Contemporary Digital Subcultural Transgression

Vyshali Manivannan

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/9781628462388.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

We move into the realm of digital and ludic paratexts with Vyshali Manivannan’s analysis of the “Joker ethos” as one that “prizes cleverness, inventiveness, and Dadaist absurdity as much as the ... More


Playing (with) the Villain: Critical Play and the Joker-as-Guide in Batman: Arkham Asylum

Kristin M. S. Bezio

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/9781628462388.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Kristin M.S. Bezio asks us to enter Arkham Asylum, more or less literally, as players of the eponymous 2009 video game produced by Rocksteady. In her analysis, Bezio carefully outlines how the Joker ... More


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


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


“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


Disability and the Silver Age Supervillain1

José Alaniz

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The Joker is Batman’s most enduring and iconic nemesis. From his very first appearance in Batman# 1, the Joker has proved to be the Dark Knight’s opposite and most interesting villain. Bill Finger ... More


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