Staging Stigma

A Critical Examination of the American Freak Show

  • Authors
  • Michael M. Chemers

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael M. Chemers
    Pages 1-9
  3. Michael M. Chemers
    Pages 11-26
  4. Michael M. Chemers
    Pages 27-55
  5. Michael M. Chemers
    Pages 57-83
  6. Michael M. Chemers
    Pages 85-101
  7. Michael M. Chemers
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  8. Michael M. Chemers
    Pages 131-139
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 141-168

About this book


Staging Stigma is a captivating excursion into the bizarre world of the American freak show. Chemers critically examines several key moments of a performance tradition in which the truth is often stranger than the fiction. Grounded in meticulous historical research and cultural criticism, Chemers analysis reveals untold stories of freaks that will change the way we understand both performance and disability in America. This book is a must-have for serious students of freakery or anyone who is curious about the hidden side of American theatrical history.


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