Step right up to Freaks of Archives! This digital freakatorium is a curious repository of images, writings, and ephemera dedicated to all things freakish.
My name is Ann Garascia, and I'm a Ph.D. candidate in English at University of California, Riverside. I am a scholar specializing in Victorian literature and culture, archival studies, performance studies, and queer theory. My dissertation, "'Freaking the Archive: Archiving Possibilities with the Victorian Freak Show," proposes a "freak" method of archival research committed to expanding definitions of archives and evidence based on the peculiar conventions of the nineteenth-century freak show. My work appears in the Journal of Victorian Culture, Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures and Contexts, and is forthcoming in Criticism.
As a Victorian collector born too late, I am an enthusiastic sorter, pinner, and taxonomizer. You can comb through my strange collections at: https://www.pinterest.com/iamgarascia/
I also enjoy writing about cats, beer, celebrity gossip, and footie in their Victorian and contemporary forms.