• Jessica L. Williams


This chapter examines AMC’s Freakshow as an example of the “new American freak show,” a television show that is more upfront in its attempt to reclaim the freak show than the films, documentaries, performers, and television shows examined throughout the book—and it is this reclamation that begins to thread all of the case studies together. The chapter demonstrates how the concept of new American freak show is characterized by mediation and a collision between freak and non-freak bodies. It also discusses the significance of understanding the freak body as a performative identity and underscores the concept that all freaks are socially constructed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishSUNY College at Old WestburyWestburyUSA

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