Schlock horror and pillow punches: Introduction to the dialectics of the violent clown–and this special themed journal issue

Anna Sophie Jürgens*, Jarno Hietalahti, Lena Straßburger, Susanne Ylönen

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As an introduction to this special themed journal issue on violent clowns, this paper provides an overview of the 14 contributions that examine the comic appeal of violence in culture. It also ties together some of the threads that repeatedly characterise the polarising protagonist of this special issue, the violent clown, and his iconic dialectical patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalComedy Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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