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The Archetypal Role of the Clown as a Catalyst for Individual and Societal Transformation

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The Archetypal Role of the Clown as a Catalyst for Individual and Societal Transformation

Proctor, Sue (2013) The Archetypal Role of the Clown as a Catalyst for Individual and Societal Transformation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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ABSTRACT
The Archetypal Role of the Clown
as a Catalyst for Individual and Societal Transformation

Susan Proctor

Many clowning programs are emerging around the world today (Adams 1998, Peacock 2009, Van Blerkom 2012, Vinit 2010, Simonds and Warren 2004). Programs like Clowns Without Borders; the humanitarian missions in Russia, Asia, and India led by Patch Adams; and Therapeutic clown programs in healthcare settings such as Jovia in Montreal are all deeply rooted in the traditions and archetype of the clown.
What common elements of the role of the clown serve as catalysts for individual and societal transformation and how are they actualized in various contexts and cultures ranging from the Indigenous Tricksters to the contemporary clowns of Bataclown in France?
Through ethnographic and autoethnographic research, this thesis will explore the traditional comedic role and the Indigenous sacred role of the clown to find connections to how the role of the clown manifests in communities today. This process will include reviewing scholarly works, interviewing and collecting experiential stories from clowns, as well as self-referencing my work in clowning and my script, written about my experiences, titled Under the Nose: Memoirs of a Clown, which I performed at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival in July, 2011.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Proctor, Sue
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Special Individualized Program
Date:March 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Little, Edward and Leroux, Patrick
Keywords:clown, guillare, Pierrot, shaman, therapeutic clown
ID Code:977096
Deposited By: SUE PROCTOR
Deposited On:19 Jun 2013 14:56
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43

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