Side-Splitting Amusement: On comic scientists - the sciency type of violent clowns?
Focusing on comic scientists in the popular cultural matrix around 1900 and the early 20th century, the heyday of circus arts, this paper explores an ongoing aesthetic tradition of comic pathological body aesthetics emerging from comic mad scientists and violent Frankensteinian clowns in literature and film. It clarifies that in circus contexts the Frankenstein-theme is terribly (morbidly) funny, and explores the reasons that make it so. Investigating a mosaic of historical examples, it builds...[Show more]
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