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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 9 years ago
  • There is already an article pending which talks about this. – Christen Mandracchia 8 years ago
  • So, will this be about freak shows as such or their portrayal in media. It feels like two completely different things. – T. Palomino 2 years ago