Books & Articles List

(Note: Listings are alphabetical by title.)

The Circus: 1870-1950 by Noel Daniel

The Circus Age: Culture And Society Under The American Big Top by Janet M Davis (2002)
The cultural & historical importance of the American tent show in its heyday

Circus At the Edge of The World: Travels With The Great Wallenda Circus by Charles Wilkins (1999)
Biographical novel about the famous Wallendas aerial acts

Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance Peta Tait (2005)
"A pioneering study, an extraordinary survey of 140 years of trapeze acts and the socially changing ideas of muscular action in relation to our understanding of gender and sexuality." -

Circus and Culture: A Semiotic Approach by Paul Poissac (1985)
A hard-to-find academic look at the deeper meanings through functional allegories of circus acts

The Contemporary Circus: Art of the Spectacular by Ernest Albrecht (2006)

Cirque du Soleil: 20 Years Under The Sun - An Authorized History by Tony Babinski (2004)
Coffee-table book with beautiful high-quality photos, poetic nostalgia, and historic blurbs about the conception, history, and (mostly) productions of Cirque du Soleil

Freaks & Fire: Reinvention of the Underground Circus by J. Dee Hill and Phil Hollenbeck (2005)
A collection of descriptions of acts and companies specializing in the sideshow facet of circus

The New American Circus by Ernest Albrecht (1995)
Chronicles the development of the theatrical 'new circus' movement through case studies of The Pickle Family Circus, The Big Apple Circus, Cirque du Soleil, and Circus Flora

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006)
Recently popular novel telling the story of a young veternarian who ends up in a seedy tent circus, complete with elephants and human freaks

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