Freaks, Beasts, and Gadgets: Performing Order and Disorder in Early America

DiCintio, Matthew.


  • Abstract: The earliest American immigrants were always on the brink of discovery. New peoples, new animals, and new ways to engage the physical environment offered to new arrivals and their next generations the opportunities to structure an existence that was constantly threatened by the unknown and the unknowable. Performances that featured anomalous human bodies, unfamiliar and dangerous animals... read more
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