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Contreras, Ivo. Illustrations in local newspapers in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Dowers, Patrick. Julia Pastrana. 2013. (Comic)

Ferneyhough, Liza. Julia Pastrana, Singer, Dancer. (2009).

Lucirgo, Ergo. Julia Pastrana. (digital artist).

Hernandez, Mari. Ruda Phat. (self-portraits as JP).

Mursic, Rachel. Julia Pastrana Study. 2013.


Conte, Sandrine. Le Dernier Voyage de Julia Pastrana. France, 2013.

Barbata, Laura Anderson with Rafael Esquer and Magne Furuholmen. Julia Pastrana, su vuelta y sus raíces. 2013. Stop motion animation. 

Ferreri, Marco. La Donna Scimmia. 1964.

Gavica, Alan Jonsson. Indescriptible: La Historia de Julia Pastrana


Apparatjik with Buika and VoidConcert. The Day of the Dead. Bergen International Festival, Norway. June 3, 2016.

Ass Ponys, Julia Pastrana


Bondeson, Jan. A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities: A Compendium of the Odd, Bizarre, and the Unexpected. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997.

Drimmer, Frederick. Very Special People: The Struggles, Loves, and Triumphs of Human Oddities. New York: Amjon, 1973.

Gylseth, Christopher Hals and Lars O. Toverud. Julia Pastrana: The Tragic Story of the Victorian Ape Woman. History Press, 2001. 

The Lady Aye, Beauty is an Impediment: Julia Pastrana and the Modern-Day Politics of Being SeenJuly 3, 2013.  

Stelloh, Tim. Behold! The Heartbreaking, Hair-Raising Tale of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico’s Monkey Woman. 2013.  

Wieczorkiewicz, Anna. "Kobieta - Małpa. Kobieta - Niedźwiedź." Konteksty 1 (2006): 40 - 46.


Bakke, Gunstein. Havende. Oslo: Forlaget, 2016.

Birch, Carol. Orphans of the Carnival. New York: Doubleday, 2016.

French, Julian and Sandra Olson, Julia Pastrana. Bloomington, IN: Trafford, 2007.

Schriber, Margrit. Książka: Paskudna dziewczyna. (The Nasty Girl. Polish).

Performance Art:

Barbata, Laura Anderson in collaboration with Fem Appeal and Kathleen Culebro. La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana. A performance work in progress. 2015-2016. Presented at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Rutgers University, The Cobra Club, etc.


Cox, Billie in collaboration with Larissa Garcia. A (Bearded) Lady. 2010. Presented in San Francisco and Marin County. 

Dorantes, Raul. The Inexplicable Pastrana. 2013. Presented in Chicago.

Gierigk, Joanna. Miss Julia Pastrana. (Polish) 2010.

McFadden Allan and Peter Northwood, Pastrana. [Musical] Australia. 

Prendergast, Shaun. The True Story of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, The Ugliest Woman in the World.  Presented in London, New York, Fort Worth, Bangkok.

Prześluga, Malina. Pastrana. 2015. [Polish].

Van Oskan, May. The Ape Woman: A Rock Opera. 2012.

Zúñiga, Antonio. La Repatriación de Julia Pastrana, Alberto Solian Dirección.  Producción de Teatro sin Espacio, 2016. Presented in Culiacan.

Julia Pastrana de la rareza y otros talentos. (Musical play). Jei Osorio, Bogotá Colombia.  Has presented this work in NY, Colombia and Mexico. 2015.

Julia Pastrana:  Eu, A Mulher Macaco, Lisboa, Portugal. 2013.


Rose, Wendy. "Julia." The Halfbreed Chronicles and Other Poems. West End P, 1992. 


Alexander, Ryan M. “Mexico’s ‘Misnomered Bear Woman’: Science and Spectacle in the Sideshows of Nineteenth-Century Europe.” The Journal of Popular Culture 47.2 (2014): 262-83.

Bondeson, Jan and A.E.W. Miles. "Julia Pastrana the Nondescript: An Example of Congenital, Generalized Hypertrichosis Terminalis with Gingival Hyperplasia." American Journal of Medical Genetics. 47.2 (1993): 198-212. 

Browne, Janet and Sharon Messenger. “Victorian Spectacle: Julia Pastrana, the Bearded and Hairy Female.” Endeavor 27.4 (2004): 155-9.

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. “Making Freaks: Visual Rhetorics and the Spectacle of Julia Pastrana.” Thinking the Limits of the Body.  Eds. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Gail Weiss. State University of New York P, 2003.

---. “Narratives of Deviance and Delight: Staring at Julia Pastrana, the Extraordinary Lady.” Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context. Ed. Timothy Powell. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1999. 81-104.

Miles, A.E.W. “Julia Pastrana, The Bearded Lady.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. 67.2 (1974): 161-3.

Stern, Rebecca. “Our Bear Women, Ourselves: Affiliating with Julia Pastrana.” Victorian Freaks. Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain. Ed. Marlene Tromp. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2008. 200-233.


Tokarczuk, Olga. Najbrzydsza kobieta świata. (Ugliest Woman in the World, Polish).