Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010.
vii, 226 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

"The twelve comedy films examined are distinguished by an equal number of defining comic performances. Each film focuses on the central theme of "clown comedy": Resilience, the encouragement or hope that one can survive the most daunting of life's dilemmas. Each film can be regarded as a microcosm of the antiheroic world of its central clown (or clowns)"--Provided by publisher.