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Clowns in Space: An Introduction to Circus Aliens and Spaced-out Comic Performers

Jurgens, Anna-Sophie

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This chapter is a guided tour of fiction and film on circus in space, since the mid-20th century. Through the analysis of selected case studies, it clarifies how ‘traditional’ circus can be defined in space narratives, and how space narratives expand on and transcend the cultural imaginary of the circus. Exploring the affinities between space and circus, the article focuses on the comic archetype of the Big Top, i.e. the clown, and on what defines a clown in space narratives— with...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJurgens, Anna-Sophie
dc.contributor.editorAnnette Froehlich
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-02T05:38:03Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-3-030-22655-8
dc.identifier.issn2523-3718
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/209225
dc.description.abstractThis chapter is a guided tour of fiction and film on circus in space, since the mid-20th century. Through the analysis of selected case studies, it clarifies how ‘traditional’ circus can be defined in space narratives, and how space narratives expand on and transcend the cultural imaginary of the circus. Exploring the affinities between space and circus, the article focuses on the comic archetype of the Big Top, i.e. the clown, and on what defines a clown in space narratives— with particular reference to psychedelic and murderous clowns, and to clowns playing human(s). This chapter carves out their pervasive but surprisingly understudied cultural presence and the cultural work they do in different media.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.relation.ispartofOuter Space and Popular Culture: Influences and Interrelations
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.rights© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
dc.titleClowns in Space: An Introduction to Circus Aliens and Spaced-out Comic Performers
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor200299 - Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu6340640xPUB18
local.publisher.urlhttps://link.springer.com
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJurgens, Anna-Sophie, College of Science, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage71
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage89
local.identifier.doi10.1007/978-3-030-22656-5_8
dc.date.updated2020-05-10T08:18:51Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCham, Switzerland
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