Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close
Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination cover
  • ISBN: 9780226005386
  • ISBN10: 0226005380

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

by Adams, Rachel A

  • List Price: $60.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2001
used Add to Cart $244.75
Marketplace Item
Description
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. "Sideshow U.S.A. begins by revisiting the terror and fascination the original freak shows provided for their audiences, as well as exploring the motivations of those who sought fame and profit in the business of human exhibition. With this history in mind, Adams turns from live entertainment to more mediated forms of cultural expression: the films of Tod Browning, the photography of Diane Arbus, the criticism of Leslie Fiedler, and the fiction Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison, and Katherine Dunn. Taken up in these works of art and literature, the freak serves as a metaphor for fundamental questions about self and other, identity and difference, and provides a window onto a once vital form of popular culture. Adams's study concludes with a revea
Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
high_country_books

Location: Hartsel, CO
Acceptable
0226005380 Former library copy. Hardcover book with overall wear to the the
[...]
$244.75