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Neo-Victorian Freakery : The Cultural Afterlife of the Victorian Freak Show (Hardcover) (Helen Davies)
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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. Helen Davies 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.