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Neo-Victorian freakery: the cultural afterlife of the Victorian freak show

Neo-Victorian freakery: the cultural afterlife of the Victorian freak show

Davies, Helen, 1983- author

Neo-Victorian Freakery explores the way in which contemporary fiction, film, and television has revisited the lives of nineteenth-century freak show performers. It locates the neo-Victorian freak show as a crucial forum for debating the politics of disability, gender, sexuality and race within the genre more broadly. What is the enduring appeal of Victorian freak show performers in contemporary culture? What can the exhibition of people with extraordinary bodies in the nineteenth-century tell us about our own attitudes towards physical difference? Does neo-Victorian fiction and film seek to challenge the exploitation of freak show performers, or does it perpetuate prurient horror and fascination? 'Neo-Victorian Freakery: The Cultural Afterlife of the Victorian Freak Show' offers a compelling exploration of the lives of people who were billed as 'freaks' in the nineteenth century, and explores the ways in which neo-Victorian fiction, film, and television revisits their stories

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Helen Davies
ISBN: 1137402563, 9781137402561
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: 1 volume
Subject: Fiction & related items; English literature History and criticism.; Exhibitions Great Britain History 19th century.; Curiosities and wonders in literature.; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Fiction: general & literary; Literature: history & criticism; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Ireland; Abnormalities, Human History.; Curiosities and wonders in motion pictures.; Human body in literature.; Human body in motion pictures.; Freak shows.; Literature
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781137402554