The fears of a clown

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    Clowns are often seen as a source of terror, and this fear may be traced back to the film "Poltergeist" or Stephen King's novel "It". This paper traces the roots of clown performance, from their ability to speak to both commoners and royalty in Shakespeares plays, to the characters of Harlequin, Pierrot and Clown in the Harlequinade plays, and the violence of Mr Punch. This paper also considers more recent creations, particularly the "Northampton Clown" and the effect that this pranks had on the clowning business.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2016
    EventThe Dark Fantastic: Sixth Annual Joint Fantasy Symposium - The University of Northampton
    Duration: 2 Dec 2016 → …
    https://www.richmond.ac.uk/universities-of-northampton-and-richmond-hold-sixth-joint-fantasy-symposium/

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    ConferenceThe Dark Fantastic: Sixth Annual Joint Fantasy Symposium
    Period2/12/16 → …
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    Mackley, J. S. (2016). The fears of a clown. Paper presented at The Dark Fantastic: Sixth Annual Joint Fantasy Symposium, .
    Mackley, J S. / The fears of a clown. Paper presented at The Dark Fantastic: Sixth Annual Joint Fantasy Symposium, .
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