The spectacular anus of Joseph Pujol: Recovering the Pétomane’s unique historic context

  title={The spectacular anus of Joseph Pujol: Recovering the P{\'e}tomane’s unique historic context},
  author={Alison Moore},
  journal={French Cultural Studies},
  pages={27 - 43}
  • A. Moore
  • Published 1 February 2013
  • History
  • French Cultural Studies
Joseph Pujol, the ‘Pétomane’ performed to packed audiences at the Moulin Rouge in the early 1890s. By 1906 one of his contemporaries would remark that ‘this artist’s specialty was no longer in fashion’. When legal battles occurred between Pujol and the Moulin Rouge, newspaper commentaries were filled with hilarity that a man whose anus was the source of his income was now trying to gain a fortune from it. What might the spectacular anus of Pujol, and its pecuniary trials and tribulations, tell… 

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