The Big Bang Theory: Mad Geniuses and the Freak Show of Higher Education

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Wendy Harbour


disability, higher education, television


This essay discusses the television comedy series The Big Bang Theory.  Through lead characters including physicist Sheldon Cooper, the series portrays higher education as a metaphorical freak show, and academics as geeky mad genius freaks.  Implications for constructions of disability in higher education are discussed, with recommendations for future research.

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