Melissa Colleary

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    The Fascination with Freak Shows

    Analyse the portrayal of freak shows in popular culture. The fascination with the deformed and/or exotic body has been a source of entertainment since the mid-16th century. Although freak shows in circuses have largely died out, the interest in these kinds of shows has persisted in the form of film, books, and movies. What do TV shows such as American Horror Story: Freak Show and films like Freaks say about human fears, anxieties, and culture?

    • This topic could reach a lot of people, just look at the "You won't believe .. etc." articles that trend all over the internet and on people's facebook. They're very popular and a lot of them involve something gross happening to someone, it's a modern adaptation of the freak show only much more private and easy to access. – Slaidey 5 years ago
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    • There is already an article pending which talks about this. – Christen Mandracchia 4 years ago
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    Latest Comments

    I really liked your point about how the reaction of the characters to the rape is portrayed. This is especially interesting as these scenes, like you said, aren’t in the book, which makes the characters’ reactions even more unsettling. Great article

    Sexual Assault in HBO's Game of Thrones

    Reading this article while re-reading Dracula for an M.A. course on horror. Thanks for the new perspective on Mina!

    Why We Need Mina-Centric Dracula

    This article made me want to pick up the entire series again, despite having already read it numerous times. Thanks for reminding me even further why I love this series so much.

    Why Harry Potter Appeals to Adults as Well as Younger Audiences