Class Notes (810,969)
Canada (494,410)
York University (33,712)
Humanities (1,633)
HUMA 1780 (152)
Carl Wolfe (10)

Wednesday October 24, 2012.docx

5 Pages
Unlock Document

York University
HUMA 1780
Carl Wolfe

Stories in Diverse Media (AP HUMA 1780B) – Wednesday October 24, 2012 NO CLASS NEXT WEEK, Homework: Leguin Left hand of Darkness: take notes on your experience of reading (possible test question). Art readings: Two articles in course kit (image media) Comedians are mainly entertainers who provide comic relief. They are not always fools; and fools are not always entertainers. Clowns encourage us to laugh at them. Scary clowns may remind us of death. We laugh at the clown. Clowns can break social norms. TEST QUESTION: SAY SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FOOL AND RELATE THEM TO READINGS Some Characteristics of the Fool  Don’t know how to be serious  Often make us laugh  Seem to be unintelligent (simpleton) and may be pitied (good hearted)  May lack proper speech (babble)  Childish  May be given free rein in society (not punished)  Important point Ancient Greece: Comedy and Tragedy  Origins of this kind of theatre: from exchange of banter between people and procession and onlookers  Body often distorted  Not all as respected as Tragic theatre Fools in Courts  Employed to amuse  Wore eccentric clothes  Official permission to speak freely and even criticize Wise fools  Not same as foolish wise: sometimes geniuses act eccentrically  Wise fool tradition: Natural fools (not paid): has a certain divine wisdom that has not been learned: example. Sacred clowns in First Nation tribes Sioux Heyoka Ceremony  Visionary Clown: Receives vision of the Thunder bird who has contradictory aspects  Sacred duty to perform ceremony where he does foolish things that expose him to ridicule The Fool’s Actions  Express knowledge of invisible world beyond social norms  Open people so the divine power can come to them Laughing  Some ceremonies can’t begin until visitors have laughed  Crazy dancers may push the ridicule to being very annoying or even frightening Sacred Clowns  Not bound by conventional notions of what is dangerous  Or what is sacred: not to undermine but reveal higher truth that power is not in the priest or symbolic ceremony Sacred Clown’s Power is not just disruptive, but spiritual and creative  Pueblo Kachina Dolls  Pueblo creation story of first clown who was different because he knew something about himself and very energetic Cartoon as a type of Popular Media  Medium both suggests and refutes likeness to reality  Allows for creative interpretive plays of signifiers (example: bad boy hair)  Associated with harmless children’s entertainment  Use of Caricatures: (example: greedy capitalist; inept policeman)
More Less

Related notes for HUMA 1780

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.