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  • Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain | Marlene Tromp

    Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Marlene Tromp
    • Narrated By Fred Humberstone
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    While "freaks" have captivated our imagination since well before the 19th century, the Victorians flocked to shows featuring dancing dwarves, bearded ladies, "missing links", and six-legged sheep. Indeed, this period has been described by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson as the epoch of "consolidation" for freakery: an era of social change, enormously popular freak shows, and taxonomic frenzy. Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain, edited by Marlene Tromp, turns to that rich nexus, examining the struggle over definitions of "freakery".

    Ryan says: "Great book with the single worst narration ever"
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