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Author Nicholas, Jane, 1977-
Title Canadian carnival freaks and the extraordinary body, 1900-1970s / Jane Nicholas.
Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2017.

Subject Freak shows -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Sideshows -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Carnivals -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Entertainers -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Freak shows -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Sideshows -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Carnivals -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Entertainers -- Canada -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "In 1973, a five year old girl known as Pookie was exhibited as "The Monkey Girl" at the Canadian National Exhibition. Pookie was the last of a number of children exhibited as 'freaks' in twentieth-century Canada. Jane Nicholas takes us on a search for answers about how and why the freak show persisted into the 1970s. In Canadian Carnival Freaks and the Extraordinary Body, 1900-1970s, Nicholas offers a sophisticated analysis of the place of the freak show in twentieth-century culture. Freak shows survived and thrived because of their flexible business model, government support, and by mobilizing cultural and medical ideas of the body and normalcy. This book is the first full length study of the freak show in Canada and is a significant contribution to our understanding of the history of Canadian popular culture, attitudes toward children, and the social construction of able-bodiness. Based on an impressive research foundation, the book will be of particular interest to anyone interested in the history of disability, the history of childhood, and the history of consumer culture."-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781487515744 (electronic bk.)
148751574X (electronic bk.)
9781487502652
1487502656
9781487522087
1487522088
OCLC # 1035633031
Additional Format Print version: Nicholas, Jane, 1977- Canadian carnival freaks and the extraordinary body, 1900-1970s. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2017 9781487502652 (OCoLC)1035216901