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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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More Than the Hood Was Red

More Than the Hood Was Red

The Joker as Marxist

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(p.94) More Than the Hood Was Red
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The Joker
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Richard D. Heldenfels

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0007

Engaging the Joker’s potential for political symbolism, Richard D Heldenfels suggests we read the character as a manifestation of Marxist thinking. Rather than seeing the Clown Prince in traditional ways – as insane, as an anarchist – Heldenfels suggests that “a crucial distinction between anarchists and Marxists involves the concentration of power,” and that the Joker, in fact, rejects some but not all authority, reserving his own power to guide the masses along his path. Moreover, reading the Joker as Marxist is the necessary and preliminary step toward reading the Caped Crusader – since Batman is framed as the Joker’s antithesis – as fundamentally capitalist.

Keywords:   Marxist, Anarchists, The Clown Prince, Proletariat, Capitalist

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