This week we will have a lecture on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Our Thursday class on March 2, 2017 will be dedicated to discussing the recent films and books you have been reading over the last two weeks. For Thursday you should be prepared to discuss the following:
- Matthew Algeo, Pedestrianism. (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2014).
- Joy S. Kasson, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History (New York: Hill and Wang, 2000).
- Either Invasion of the Body Snatchers or The Manchurian Candidate
If you enjoyed Invasion of the Body Snatchers or The Manchurian Candidate, you should consider going to see Jordan Peele’s new movie Get Out. Like any great horror or science fiction film, it is an interesting allegorical take on our current historical moment and uses many cultural touchstones we have discussed in this class ranging from sex slaves, slave auctions, interracial sexuality, depictions of mind control, and conceptions of physical and racial superiority in sports.
Pedestrianism History Gallery
Circus and Freak Show History Gallery
Recommended Multimedia to Learn More about William F. Cody & Wild West Shows
Above: Buffalo Bill Wild West Footage (Silent Film) 1908.
Above: Annie Oakley Original Silent Film; Documentary on Buffalo Bill Cody produced by The History Channel; Ghost Dance Silent Film
Recommended Multimedia to Learn More about Circus and Freak Show History
Above: Historian Peter Onuf talks with historian Jenifer Barclay and actor Mat Fraser about one of the ways some people with disabilities made a living in 19th century America: exhibiting their bodies in sideshows—often known more crudely as “freak shows.”
Above: Historian Ed Ayers talks with historian Amy Louise Wood, whose research into lynching led her to a strange episode in 19th Century history, involving circus elephants, capital punishment, and a new kind of thrill for the masses.
- What are common themes you see in both Pedestrianism and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History?
- Submit a question you would like to discuss Thursday in class about either book.