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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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Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body

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 Giants. For the price of a ticket, cultursl 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: Barnum; the articulation of the freak in literary and textual discourses; contemporary relocations of freak shows; and theoretical analyses of freak culture.

Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Essays address such diverse topics as American colonialism and public presentations of natives; laughing gas demonstrations in the ‘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 spectaclfs antiquity to the modern period and explores the constitutive, political, and textual properties of such exhibits.

Freakery is a fresh, insightful exploration of a heretofore neglected aspect of American mass culture. Paperback bdy, pages. Daisy HiltonViolet Hilton. To extraorinary what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Jul 19, Sonanova rated it liked it Recommends it for: I liked the topics, though many contributors talked about the same thing.

I guess many were afraid to step up to the plate and hit on original historical sources.

Furthermore, no attention was paid to the modern, self-made “freak”. I agree that many people do not consider the man who drives a spike through his penis to be a freak, though I think it would have been useful to ex I liked the topics, though many contributors talked about the same thing. I agree that many people do not consider the man who drives a spike through his penis to be a freak, though I think it would have been useful to examine those who desire to identify with the word.

Only the article on Typee was of use to my thesis. Feb 07, Pilouetta rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 02, Johan rated it culturap liked it Th Of special interest for me was the text about laughing gas demonstrations between Jul spectxcles, Poulline rated it it was ok. You might want to nody up the book if the topic peaks curiosity in you. However it is somewhat repetitive and a little too academic for a simpleton like me. May 13, Victoria Phelps rated it liked it.

I’m working on a thesis project related to disabilities in nineteenth-century Britain. While this book focuses on America in the s and early s particularly P. Barnum it does give me a good foundation for my understanding of freakey shows. Bogdan’s “The Social Construction of Freaks” was particularly enlightening about the methodology behind the freak show, but I also enjoyed Paul Semonin’s “Monsters in the Marketplace: The Exhibition of Human Oddities in Early Modern England,” which to I’m working on a thesis project related to disabilities in nineteenth-century Britain.

Tom Thumb and Shirley Temple,” which discusses cuteness aesthetics vody it relates to midgets. Of course, Jeffrey A. Jul 21, Collie rated it it was extraoordinary Shelves: It’s kind of startling how few if any of the contributers are disabled and that fact shows through in the writing- some of the contributers are really patronizing in their attitudes.

A lot of these contributions would have been better off being read as stand-alone papers- collected like this, they get repetitive very quickly.

It feels like the ideas are there but the execution is Nov 04, Alysia rated it really liked it. I spectac,es this anthology and essays were a great introduction to looking at the history behind marginalized people and how they became that way, or why they chose to be that way.

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A great way to do some introspection on my own beliefs and expectations. Aug 26, R. Evans rated it liked it. At times a little too clinically dry and scholarly Did you know there are four classifications of hermaphrodide? Well, now I doFreakery is an exhaustive survey of the tradition of exhibiting human oddities from medieval times Bartholomew Fair to the present TV talk shows.

Mar 30, Elizabeth Bradley rated it did not like it. Heavy on the theory-speak, but worth dipping into if this fascinates you as it does me Rachel rated it it was ok Feb 27, Cultursl rated it extrwordinary liked it Extraordniary 22, Victoria rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Eric rated it it was ok Nov 12, Mik rated it liked it Sep 04, Harry Lynch rated it liked it Oct 27, Olivia G rated it it was amazing Sep 14, Christina rated it really liked it Sep 11, Briana Malmstrom rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Frederick rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Rick rated it it was amazing May 29, Emily rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Andrew Hoy rated it liked it Mar 15, Rainboe Sims-Jones rated it really liked it Apr 06, Jonathan Mitchell rated it really liked it Jun 29, Ashley rated it really liked it Apr 14, Hester rated it really liked it May 18, Pia rated it it was amazing Aug 13, Branden rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Kay rated it really liked it Mar 11, Malwina rated it really liked it Apr 02, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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