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Clowns, fools and picaros : popular forms in theatre, fiction and film

Author: David Robb
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2007.
Series: At the interface/probing the boundaries, v. 43.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By its very nature the clown, as represented in art, is an interdisciplinary phenomenon. In whichever artform it appears - fiction, drama, film, photography or fine art - it carries the symbolic association of its usage in popular culture, be it ritual festivities, street theatre or circus. The clown, like its extended family of fools, jesters, picaros and tricksters, has a variety of functions all focussed around  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Clowns, fools and picaros.
Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2007
Material Type: Conference publication, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Robb
ISBN: 9781435613386 1435613384 9042023406 9789042023406
OCLC Number: 183306394
Notes: Based on papers from a conference held at the Queen's University of Belfast in September 4-6, 2003.
Description: 1 online resource (233 pages).
Contents: David ROBB: Introduction Robert CHEESMOND: Where the Antic Sits Faye RAN: Modern Tragicomedy and the Fool Ashley TOBIAS: The Postmodern Theatre Clown Rudiger GORNER: Nietzsche and the Praise of Masks Maxim Leonid WEINTRAUB: Clowning Around at the Limits of Representation: On Fools, Fetishes and Bruce Naumann's Clown Torture Barbara LEWIS: An American Circus: the Lynch Victim as Clown Kayode Gboyega KOFOWOROLA: The Court Jester in Nigerian Drama Ron JENKINS: "Fratello Arlecchino": Clowns, Kings, and Bombs in Bali Stephen KNAPPER: Scaramouche: The Mask and the Millenium Des O'RAWE: The Cinema of Masks: Commedia dell 'Arte and Jean Renoir's The Golden Coach David ROBB: From Nestroy to Wenzel & Mensching: Carnivalesque Revolutionaries in the German-Speaking Theatrical Tradition Marina KOTZAMANI: Karlos Koun, Karaghiozis and The Birds: Aristophanes as Popular Theatre Stephen LLANO: The Clown as Social Critic: Kerouac's Vision Bernhard MALKMUS: Picaresque Narratology: Lazarillo de Tormes and Edgar Hilsenrath's Der Nazi und der Friseur
Series Title: At the interface/probing the boundaries, v. 43.
Responsibility: edited by David Robb.

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"By its very nature the clown, as represented in art, is an interdisciplinary phenomenon. In whichever artform it appears - fiction, drama, film, photography or fine art - it carries the symbolic association of its usage in popular culture, be it ritual festivities, street theatre or circus. The clown, like its extended family of fools, jesters, picaros and tricksters, has a variety of functions all focussed around its status and image of being "other." Frequently a marginalised figure, it provides the foil for the shortcomings of dominant discourse or the absurdities of human behaviour." "Clowns, Fools and Picaros represents the latest research on the clown, bringing together for the first time studies from four continents: Europe, America, Africa and Asia. It attempts to ascertain commonalities, overlaps and differences between artistic expressions of the "clownesque" from these various continents and genres, and above all, to examine the role of the clown in our cultures today." "This volume is of interest for scholars of political and comic drama, film and visual art as well as scholars of comparative literature and anthropology."--Jacket.

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