Top Marketplace offers for ISBN

9780226005393

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

Adams, Rachel

3.69 avg rating
( 64 ratings by GoodReads )
Not the book you're looking for? Search for all books with this author and title
9780226005393: Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination

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 revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show's recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice.

"Because of its subject matter, this interesting and complex study is provocative, as well as thought-provoking."— Virginia Quarterly Review

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Rachel Adams is an assistant professor of English at Columbia University.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$
US$ 23.95

Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Adams, Rachel
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments 1. Overture: Recovering Otis Act One 2. Freaks of Culture: Institutions, Publics, and the Subject of Ethnographic Knowledge 3. Sideshow Cinema Act Two 4. "A mixture of delicious and freak": The Queer Fiction of Carson McCullers 5. Freak Photography 6. From Sideshow to the Streets: Performing the "Secret Self" Act Three 7. The Black Look and the "spectacle of whitefolks": Wildness in Toni Morrison'sBeloved 8. Maternal Impressions Epilogue: Live from New York Notes Bibliography Index. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0226005399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Adams, Rachel
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780226005393

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Adams, Rachel
Published by University of Chicago press
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0226005399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Adams, Rachel
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0226005399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Adams, Rachel
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. 224 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show s recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice. Because of its subject matter, this interesting and complex study is provocative, as well as thought-provoking. - Virginia Quarterly Review. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780226005393

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Adams, Rachel
Published by Univ of Chicago
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Chicago. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2100846

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Adams, Rachel
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. 224 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show s recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice. Because of its subject matter, this interesting and complex study is provocative, as well as thought-provoking. - Virginia Quarterly Review. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780226005393

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Adams, Rachel
Published by The University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Sideshow U.S.A: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2nd), Rachel Adams, 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 revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show's recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice. "Because of its subject matter, this interesting and complex study is provocative, as well as thought-provoking."-"Virginia Quarterly Review". Bookseller Inventory # B9780226005393

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.86
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Adams, Rachel
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0226005399

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Adams, Rachel
Published by University of Chicago Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0226005399 ISBN 13: 9780226005393
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
PBShop
(Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 2001. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780226005393

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 31.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book