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Freakery : Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (96 Edition)

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Giants. Midgets. Tribal non-Westerners. The very fat. The very thin. Hermaphrodites. Conjoined twins. The disabled. The very hirsute. In American history, all have shared the platform equally, as freaks, human oddities, their only commonality their assigned role of anomalous other to the gathered throngs. For the price of a ticket, freak shows offered spectators an icon of bodily otherness whose difference from them secured their own membership in a common American identity--by comparison ordinary, tractable, normal.

Rosemarie Thomson's groundbreaking anthology probes America's disposition toward the visually different. The book's essays fall into four main categories: historical explorations of American freak shows in the era of P.T. Barnum; the articulation of the freak in literary and textual discourses; contemporary relocations of freak shows; and theoretical analyses of freak culture. Essays address such diverse topics as American colonialism and public presentations of natives; laughing gas demonstrations in the 1840's; Shirley Temple and Tom Thumb; Todd Browning's landmark movie Freaks; bodybuilders as postmodern freaks; freaks in Star Trek; Michael Jackson's identification with the Elephant Man; and the modern talk show as a reconfiguration of the freak show. In her introduction, Thomson traces the freak show from antiquity to the modern period and explores the constitutive, political, and textual properties of such exhibits.

Freakeryis a fresh, insightful exploration of a heretofore neglected aspect of American mass culture.

About the Author

Rosemarie Garland Thomson is Assistant Professor of English at Howard University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814782224
Editor:
Thomson, Rosemarie G.
Publisher:
New York University Press
Editor:
Thomson, Rosemarie G.
Author:
Horowitz, David
Author:
Thomson, Rosemarie Garland
Author:
Thomson, Rosemarie G.
Author:
Thomson, Rosemarie
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Abnormalities, human
Subject:
Sideshows
Subject:
Sideshows -- History.
Subject:
Pathophysiology
Subject:
CIVILIZATION, MODERN_1950-
Subject:
BODY, HUMAN_SOCIAL ASPECTS
Subject:
SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL STUDIES
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Abnormalities, Human -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Human body - Social aspects
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 5.
Publication Date:
19961031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
418
Dimensions:
9.95x7.00x1.27 in. 1.79 lbs.

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