Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. Front Cover. Rosemarie Garland Thomson. NYU Press, Oct 1, – History – pages. Freakery has ratings and 10 reviews. Sonanova said: I liked the topics, though many contributors talked about the same thing. The book appeared to be.. . Request PDF on ResearchGate | Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body | Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. Rosemarie.

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With the ability to apply skillfully a diverse array of theoretical tools, one can fruitfully study even the most marginalized texts while shedding new light not only on an area that had formerly been slighted, but also on history, ideology and everyday life. One particular type of text that remains ripe for study is the side show, or freak show, whose heyday in America was from the s through As a recent anthologyFreakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body, makes clear, the freak show is a productive area of study not only in itself, but also in relation to modernityand as a model for examining freakish aspects of culture in the late twentieth century.

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While reading Freakery, edited by Rosemarie Garland Thomson, one may be surprised to find that freak shows were not all that marginalespecially between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when hundreds of thousands of North Americans and Europeans flocked to examine individuals who were framed by their exhibitors as freaks.

Indeed, Freakery suggests that the freak show, especially in America, may have been one of the most important and popular areas of performance during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Presenting Culyural Oddities for Amusement and Profit [2], indicating not a lack of originality the writers cite a variety of other texts, including Baudrillard and Foucault, as well as TV shows and the bizarre movie Freaks, and both Fiedler and Bogdan are contributorsbut the fact that there has been scant scholarly attention paid to freaks.

In other words, much of Freakery is more conscious of issues raised by contemporary theory than the earlier writings on freaks, and it also covers some new descriptive ground.

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