The Legacy of 19th Century Popular Freak Show Discourse in the 21st Century X-Men Films

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Fiona Pettit

Keywords

freak, X-Men, disability

Abstract

This essay seeks to tease out the narrative similarities found in nineteenth-century freak show literature and in the X-Men films of the twenty-first century. Both of these forms of popular entertainment emphasize the precarious position of people with extraordinary bodies in their contemporary societies.
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