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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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The Obama-Joker

The Obama-Joker

Assembling a Populist Monster

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The Joker

Emmanuelle Wessels

Mark Martinez

University Press of Mississippi

Moving from the realm of cinema and sequential art to that of politics, Emmanuelle Wessels and Mark Martinez consider the Joker’s expediency as a symbol in the Tea Party’s protest efforts against President Barack Obama’s Health Care Reform initiative. The “Obama-Joker,” an Internet meme mashing up the visages of the Clown Prince and the Chief Executive, became a rallying image for the Tea Party movement, and Wessels and Martinez, using assemblage theory and psychoanalysis, “argue that the Joker’s contemporary permutation as terrorist whose terror, in part, involves destroying capitalism and economic infrastructure,” intersects with far-right American political ideology.

Keywords:   Politics, Tea Party, Obama-Joker, Assemblage theory, Psychoanalysis

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