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The JokerA Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462388

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.001.0001

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Lady Haha

Lady Haha

Performativity, Super-sanity, and the Mutability of Identity

(p.33) Lady Haha
The Joker

Eric Garneau

University Press of Mississippi

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 Prince’s development from Bob Kane to Heath Ledger, Garneau argues that both the Joker (particularly in contemporary interpretations) and Lady Gaga present a kind of model for living in postmodernity, a “blurry, relativistic morass where identity comes from assembling bits and pieces of refracted culture.” In Garneau’s Butlerian analysis, while the Joker’s lessons may be rather more violent in nature than the ones Gaga proffers her “little monsters,” “both the Joker and Lady Gaga lead us to a conscious recognition that identity is constructed and performed,” and that “one might argue that this recognition actually allows us to embrace humanity in a more meaningful sense.”

Keywords:   Joker, Lady Gaga, Postmodernity, Butlerian analysis, Identity

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