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Spectacle of deformity : freak shows and modern British culture

Author: Nadja Durbach
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
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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 vividly detailed work argues that far from being purely exploitative, displays of anomalous bodies served a deeper social purpose as they generated popular and scientific debates over the meanings attached to bodily difference. Nadja Durbach examines freaks both well-known and  Read more...
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History
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Durbach, Nadja, 1971-
Spectacle of deformity.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009009244
(OCoLC)314839375
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nadja Durbach
ISBN: 9780520944893 0520944895 1282359975 9781282359970
OCLC Number: 503092483
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 273 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Table of Contents --
Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. Monstrosity, Masculinity, and Medicine --
2. Two Bodies, Two Selves, Two Sexes --
3. The Missing Link and the Hairy Belle --
4. Aztecs and Earthmen --
5. "When the Cannibal King Began to Talk" --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Nadja Durbach.

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