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Illness as an appearance: Joker’s illusion and the question of equality

Tonči Kursar ; Fakultet političkih znanosti Sveučilišta u Zagrebu

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str. 75-88

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This paper explores media interpretations of Todd Phillips’s film The Joker. The main‎ character of the film, Arthur Fleck was portrayed by critics as a traumatised and mentally ill individual ‎(actually a murderer), whose ambition to be a comedian has no foundation. The fact that the character ‎lives in a sort of ‘illusion’ or ‘false consciousness’ is interpreted through various concepts of ideology, from ‎Marx and Althusser to one of its postmodern variants (Debord). Although Žižek criticised Joker because‎ his reliance on “subjectivity” cannot initiate “a constructive overcoming” of the existing, the film should be‎ seen as a contribution to understanding of the political in the sense of “verification of equality” (Ranciere).‎ As Arthur/Joker starts to believe that his life is a comedy and it is, as it usually said, ‘subjective’, he puts ‎into jeopardy what Ranciere calls a given “distribution of the sense”. Moreover, Joker does not follow the‎ Marxist idea that proletarians can redefine their space and time only if they previously achieve a ’proper’‎ awareness. In fact, he does something completely different, namely, he indulges in his ‘illusion’ redefining‎ a given distribution of time and space, which is shown in this paper through various Ranciere’s works.‎ Thus, by achieving his ‘true self’, Joker is very political even though he rejected to achieve the ‘objective’‎ political goals that are usually attributed to him.‎

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Gabriel Gauny, equality, Joker, illusion, Jacques Rancière

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