Sideshow U.S.A.

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Adams reveals images of the freak show, with its combination of the grotesque, the horrific, and the amusing, and how it stubbornly reappears in literature and the arts.

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Freak shows, she contends, have survived because of their capacity for reinvention. Empty of any inherent meaning, the freak's body becomes a stage for playing out some of the twentieth century's most pressing social and political concerns, from debates about race, empire, and imagination, to anxiety about gender and controversies over taste and public standards of decency.

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Author Rachel Adams
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Page Count 289pp
Publication Size 6 x 8.75
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date 2001
ISBN 978-0226005393

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