Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Violence of Clown
by Bange, Christopher, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 39; 10785643
Abstract (Summary)

In this research on the violence of clown, I found that clowns act as societal sheriffs by showing us a performative version of our own violence, allowing us to more readily identify those types of behavior as a choice to be made. In this thesis I examine the sources of violence in clown work. The types of clown violence that I discuss are Slapstick Violence, Verbal Violence, Emotional Violence, Natures Violence, and Ideological Violence. I will then identify specific examples of this violence in several 20th century clowns such a Footit and Chocolat, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle, David Shiner, and Larry Pisoni. I will then talk about my own clown company The Baggy Pants and discuss some examples of contemporary clown violence. My last section will include any discoveries made about clown violence and how that relates to all the clowns previously discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeBank, Ezra
Commitee: Awada, Jef, Caban, Andrea
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: Clown, Irwin, Bill, Slapstick, The Baggy Pants, Theater, Violence
Publication Number: 10785643
ISBN: 978-0-438-20912-1
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