Scholarly Article Evaluation

Watch Tod Browning’s film Freaks (1932) (see link below) and apply Adam Golub’s critical framework to the monstrous. Focus on specific scenes, characters, actions, settings, themes, dialogues, plot developments, etc. First deconstruct the monster (close read), then reconstruct the moment (contextualize), and then make an argument about the monster’s cultural meaning and significance (making sense of the monstrous). Feel free to draw on any of the ideas discussed in class to make sense of the monstrous (i.e., repression, desire, classification systems). What exactly is monstrous about the monster and how does the monster resonate with and/or violate broader social issues, fears, or anxieties in American culture and society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century? Draw from W. Scott Poole’s Chapter 3 for some context (i.e., main ideas and events during this era). This is your opportunity to analyze and closely examine what calls your attention. As a recommendation, you might want to focus on the representation of the able-bodied, dis/ability, and monstrosity

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