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Staging stigma : a critical examination of the American freak show

Author: Michael M Chemers
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Series: Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Staging Stigma is a captivating excursion into the bizarre world of the American freak show. Chemers critically examines several key moments of a performance tradition in which the truth is often stranger than fiction. Grounded in meticulous historical research and cultural criticism, Chemers' analysis reveals untold stories of freaks that will change the way we understand both performance and disability in America.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael M Chemers
ISBN: 0230610668 9780230610668
OCLC Number: 226213020
Description: xiv, 168 pages, 10 pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction : The ugly word --
Staging stigma --
Prurience and propriety --
Enlightenment and wonder --
Pathology and prodigy --
Exploitation and transgression --
Conclusion : God's own artwork.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Responsibility: Michael M. Chemers ; foreword by Jim Ferris.
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Staging Stigma critically examines the freak show performance tradition, using meticulous historical research and cultural criticism to change the way we understand both performance and disability.  Read more...

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