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The American Freak Show
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| $10
What is the history behind the American freak show? What does the modern day freak show look like? Who were the performers that made up the freak show? And how has the term “freak” become popularized through this history? In this class we will attempt to answer these very questions while also exploring the history of the freak show within American society. From Brooklyn’s infamous Coney Island to AMC’s reality television show, Freak Show, we will consider the various ways in which the side show and circus culture has come to be viewed today.
Through the use of archival images and clips from several documentaries, we will get a visual history of circus and freak show culture while also trying to put it in a contemporary context. Although this class will be mainly lecture based, come armed with all your questions regarding all circus, side and freak show things!