Audience Descriptions

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Audience Descriptions


Audience Descriptions


This collection includes first hand descriptions written by audience members. One caveat: some of these may have been promotional blurbs rather than actual accounts by audience members. Still, it's interesting to consider how these possibly "fake" reports fanned interest in Pastrana's performances.


Kathleen Godfrey


Various online resources


Julia Pastrana Online


Kathleen Godfrey



Collection Items

Negative description of Pastrana who was performing at the Kroll's Establishment in Berlin.

The Bear Woman
Negative reaction to Pastrana, "this singular and detestably ugly specimen of humanity." Doctors believe that "she belongs to a distinct species of the human family" (column 2).

The Hybrid Woman
Opate Indians, doctors including Stone and Mott, Description, levees throughout day. (Column 3)

Not the Only "Bear Woman"
Interaction between Lent and audience member. They make a bet and the audience member tells a story about seeing another Bear Woman.

Nouvelles des Sciences
Seeing Pastrana in London

Correspondence of the Globe
Saw in Harrisburg, Digger Indian story apocryphal, bearish, racist language), "Dances gracefully" and singing characterized as "operatic peacock order."

The Bear Woman
Pastrana's performance in Raleigh, NC. "She is talkative, good-natured, and quite intelligent--and full of fun and mischief. We advise all to see her."

Local Intelligence
Pastrana's performances completed. Strong language about how repugnant this viewer found Pastrana's appearance.

Local Intelligence
Negative response to JP's performance--"ensure disgust"

The Bear Woman
Pastrana described as "good natured and good hearted, fond of good living herself, and always ready to relieve those in need." Mention of donation to victims of fire in Toronto.
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