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Breaking Down Joker
Violence, Loneliness, Tragedy

Edited By

Sean Redmond

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ISBN 9780367774240
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Breaking Down Joker offers a compelling, multi-disciplinary examination of a landmark film and media event that was simultaneously both celebrated and derided, and which arrived at a time of unprecedented social malaise. The collection breaks down Joker to explore its aesthetic and ideological representations within the social and cultural context in which it was released.

An international team of authors explore Joker’s sightlines and subtexts, the affective relationships, corrosive ideologies and damning if ambivalent messages of this film. The chapters address such themes as white masculinity, identity and perversion, social class and mobility, urban loneliness, movement and music, and questions of reception and activism.

With contributions from scholars from screen studies, theatre and performance studies, psychology and psychoanalysis, geography, cultural studies and sociology, this fully interdisciplinary collection offers a uniquely multiple operational cross-examination of this pivotal film text, and will be of great importance to scholars, students and researchers in these areas.

Table of Contents

Breaking Down Joker: Violence, Loneliness, Tragedy
Sean Redmond

Section I: Divided Space

1. All the World’s a Stage: Reading Space(s) in Todd Phillips’ Joker
Deeksha Yadav

2. Joker and Gotham City: Identity Correspondence. The Political Value in the Evocation of New York City in the 1970s and the Imaginary of the New Hollywood Thriller
Ana Aitana Fernández-Moreno, Alan Salvadó-Romero

3. Joker: Madly Walking and Dancing Through Space
Sean Redmond

4. New York is Dead: The Joker Steps and Urban Melancholia
Sam Han

Section II: Mediated Uprisings

5. Send in the Clowns: Joker, Vigilante films and Populist Revolt
Scott Doidge, Adrian Rosenfeldt

6. Looking at and with Images: Crowds in Joker, Joker in the Crowd
Aylin Kuryel

7. Resisting Tyranny with Laughter: Joker and the Arab Revolutions
Abdelbaqi Ghorab, Ouissal Harize

8. Joker: Toxic Masculinity, the Instigation of (Political) Violence and the Protection of Minors in Greece
Liza Tsaliki, Despina Chronaki

Section III: Violating Genre

9. ‘Put on a Happy Face’: The Neoliberal Horrors of Joker/s
Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

10. Performance Crime, Trigger Warnings, and the Violence of Joker
Stuart Marshall Bender

11. The Perfect Crime? Anthropology and Liminality in Joker
Alex Wade

Section IV: Breaking the Ideal Man

12. "What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him?" - Madness and Power in Joker      
Nicola Young

13. A Monster We (Re) Make: Family Violence and Monstrous Masculinity in Joker
Janine Little

14. The Joker and Man in the Mirror: Through Chaos to True Identity
Jenni Lehtinen, Valeriya Chistyakova, Malika Kanasheva

15. Lives of Precarity in the Age of Neoliberalism: The Tales Untold
Swapna Gopinath

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Sean Redmond is Professor of Screen and Design at Deakin University, Australia. He is the author of 15 books, and is founding editor of Celebrity Studies, short-listed for the best new academic journal in 2011.