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

Author: David Robb
Publisher: Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2007.
Series: At the interface/probing the boundaries, v. 43.
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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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Robb
ISBN: 9789042023406 9042023406
OCLC Number: 191032164
Description: vi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction / David Robb --
Where the antic sits / Robert Cheesmond --
Modern Tragicomedy and the fool / Faye Ran --
The postmodern theatre clown / Ashley Tobias --
Nietzsche and the praise of masks / Rüdiger Görner --
Clowning around at the limits of representation: on fools, fetishes and Bruce Naumann's clown torture / Maxim Leonid Weintraub --
An American circus: the lynch victim as clown / Barbara Lewis --
The court jester in Nigerian drama / Kayode Gboyega Kofoworola --
Fratello arlecchino: clowns, kings and bombs in Bali / Ron Jenkins --
Scaramouche: the mask and the millenium / Stephen Knapper --
The cinema of masks: commedia dell'arte and Jean Renoir's the golden coach / Des O'Rawe --
From Nestroy to Wenzel & Mensching: carnivalesque revolutionaries in the German-speaking theatrical tradition / David Robb --
Karlos Koun, Karaghiozis and the birds: Aristophanes as popular theatre / Marina Kotzamani --
The clown as social critic: Kerouac's vision / Stephen Llano --
Picaresque narratology: Lazarillo de Tormes and Edgar Hilsenrath's der nazi und der friseur / Bernhard Malkmus.
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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"[a] facinating book ... this book's strength is to be found in its multi-dimensional, multi-role, identity" in: Dramatherapy, Vol. 30, No 2, Autumn 2008

 
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