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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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Rictus Grins and Glasgow Smiles

Rictus Grins and Glasgow Smiles

The Joker as Satirical Discourse

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(p.165) Rictus Grins and Glasgow Smiles
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The Joker
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Johan Nilsson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0011

Nilsson brings into conversation Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman, Frank Miller’s (1996) highly influential graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and the film The Dark Knight (2008) to suggest a transmedia analysis of the Joker as satire. Nilsson relies upon a framework for understanding and analyzing satire suggested by Paul Simpson, where “satire is never inherent in a text; it is constructed as satire in a kind of interactive event where a reader/viewer makes meaning based on the text in context.” In the case of the Joker, it is his fundamentally ironic status – tragic and violent, but wearing the face of comedy – that brings him into the realm of satire. Nilsson suggests that, as a villain, the Joker provides a particularly apt satirical presence.

Keywords:   Theoretical programs, Satire, Tim Burton, Frank Miller, Paul Simpson

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