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Spanjers, Rik: The Killing Joke. The Joker’s Laughter and Resistance.(Master’s Thesis), University of Amsterdam 2010 (55 S.). 
Resource type: Thesis/Dissertation
Languages: englisch
BibTeX citation key: Spanjers2010
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", "The Killing Joke", Bolland. Brian, Großbritannien, Moore. Alan, Superheld, USA
Creators: Spanjers
Publisher: University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam)
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In this, my research master thesis, I looked at laughter as a form of resistance in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, Tim Burton’s Batman and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The aim is to analyze if the Joker’s most famous characteristic, this continuous laughter, can be seen as a form of resistance in itself. Following two laughing theorists, Nietzsche and Foucault, this work analyzes the laughter and the madness of the Joker in three of its most famous incarnations.

Table of Contents

Introduction (1)

Chapter I: The Killing Joke (10)
Two Guys in a Lunatic Asylum (11)
Two Madmen (12)
Breaking Free from the Lunatic Asylum (15)
Fear for the Jump (16)
Signifying Resistance (17)
Laughter that is Resistance (18)

Chapter II: Mechanical Laughter (25)
Laughing away the Past (26)
Laughter at the Museum (28)
Dead Models and a Parade (31)
Mechanical Laughter (34)

Chapter III: (S)Laughter is the best Medicine (38)
Meeting the Mob with Laughter (40)
Speaking/Laughing out loud (41)
The Abyssal History of an Individual (43)
Parrêsia & Laughter (46)

Chapter IV: Concluding Remarks (51)

Work’s Cited (53)

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