Sideshow U. S. A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination / Edition 1

Sideshow U. S. A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination / Edition 1

by Rachel Adams
     
 


A staple of American popular culture during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the freak show seemed to vanish after the Second World War. But as Rachel Adams reveals in Sideshow U.S.A., images of the freak show, with its combination of the grotesque, the horrific, and the amusing, stubbornly reappeared in literature and the arts. Freak shows,See more details below

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A staple of American popular culture during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the freak show seemed to vanish after the Second World War. But as Rachel Adams reveals in Sideshow U.S.A., images of the freak show, with its combination of the grotesque, the horrific, and the amusing, stubbornly reappeared in literature and the arts. 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 immigration, to anxiety about gender and controversies over taste and public standards of decency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226005393
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,380,081
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Overture: Recovering Otis

Act One

2. Freaks of Culture: Institutions, Publics, and the Subject of Ethnographic Knowledge
3. Sideshow Cinema

Act Two

4. "A mixture of delicious and freak": The Queer Fiction of Carson McCullers
5. Freak Photography
6. From Sideshow to the Streets: Performing the "Secret Self"

Act Three

7. The Black Look and the "spectacle of whitefolks": Wildness in Toni Morrison's Beloved
8. Maternal Impressions

Epilogue: Live from New York

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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