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Spectacle of deformity : freak shows and modern British culture

Author: Nadja Durbach
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nadja Durbach assesses the role of the 19th century freak show in the creation of identity, arguing that these manifestations of otherness played an important part in the determination of what it meant to be British.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nadja Durbach
ISBN: 9780520257689 0520257685
OCLC Number: 314839375
Description: xiii, 273 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Monstrosity, Masculinity, and Medicine : reexamining "The Elephant Man." --
Two Bodies, Two Selves, Two Sexes : conjoined twins and the double-bodied Hindoo Boy --
The Missing Link and the Hairy Belle : evolution, imperialism and primitive sexuality --
Aztecs and Earthmen : declining civilizations and dying races --
"When the Cannibal King Began to Talk" : performing race, class, and ethnicity --
The decline of the Freak Show.
Responsibility: Nadja Durbach.

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In 1847, during the great age of the freak show, the British periodical Punch bemoaned the public's 'prevailing taste for deformity'. This work argues that far from being purely exploitative,  Read more...

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