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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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Episodes of Madness

Episodes of Madness

Representations of the Joker in Television and Animation

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The Joker

David Ray Carter

University Press of Mississippi

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 the character, particularly his manifestations in television and animated formats. Carter argues that the Joker’s motivations and methods change according to the demands of era and medium, and that if we limit our investigation of the character to the more violent Joker enabled by sequential art and films aimed predominantly at mature audiences, we set aside much of the character’s richness.

Keywords:   Transmedia persona, Joker, Batman, Motivations

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