Presentation Title

Freak Fatale: The Nineteenth-Century Freak Show and Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Advisor Information

Tanushree Ghosh

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

6-3-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

6-3-2015 10:30 AM

Abstract

This project examines how Alice in Wonderland uses images of freak women to actively voice—and ultimately contain— threatening femininity. This project examines several female characters in the novel, taking into account both textual analysis and visual analysis. This essay draws from a variety of primary source material, including various images and advertisements from nineteenth-century freak shows alongside primary source articles about freak show events in the Victorian period. The project compares female characters in Carroll’s children’s novel to contemporary accounts of freakdom in the nineteenthcentury.

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Mar 6th, 10:15 AM Mar 6th, 10:30 AM

Freak Fatale: The Nineteenth-Century Freak Show and Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

This project examines how Alice in Wonderland uses images of freak women to actively voice—and ultimately contain— threatening femininity. This project examines several female characters in the novel, taking into account both textual analysis and visual analysis. This essay draws from a variety of primary source material, including various images and advertisements from nineteenth-century freak shows alongside primary source articles about freak show events in the Victorian period. The project compares female characters in Carroll’s children’s novel to contemporary accounts of freakdom in the nineteenthcentury.