2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Welfare Recipients, Freak Show Wonders, or the Great Other
Amelia Bursi
Dr. Kathryn Brammall, Faculty Mentor

The idea of freak shows and freakery has sparked great debate in the academic world, in both history and disability studies. This research will be guided by a certain frame of questions: what about freak shows was so alluring to spectators in nineteenth and early twentieth century America; how have we rationalized our obsession with human oddities; how has the subject of freakery developed in academia and disability studies; what was life like for a so-called freak; and are there modern freak shows?

Keywords: freak shows, disability studies, human oddities, freakery

Topic(s):History Senior Seminar
Disability and Society

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 309-2
Location: VH 1236
Time: 1:15

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