RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 183306394 LA English UL http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=556520 T1 Clowns, fools and picaros popular forms in theatre, fiction and film A1 Robb, David,, PB Rodopi PP Amsterdam; New York, NY YR 2007 SN 9781435613386 1435613384 9042023406 9789042023406 AB "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.