Camp: Queer Aesthetics and the Performing Subject : a Reader

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Fabio Cleto
University of Michigan Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 523 pages
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Camp: Queer Aesthetics and the Performing Subject addresses the multilayered issue of camp, whose inexhaustible breadth of reference and theoretical relevance to the issues taken up by academic research in recent years have made it one of the most salient and challenging issues on the contemporary critical stage.

Reassessing the role and significance of the finest essays on camp written by leading intellectuals in cultural studies, lesbian and gay studies, and queer theory, this critical anthology at one and the same time 'queers' camp as an issue and offers an excellent key to rethinking the history, theory, and practice of camp.

The anthology is divided into five thematic/historical sections: Tasting It; Flaunting the Closet; Gender, and Other Spectacles; Pop Camp, Surplus Counter-Value, or the Camp of Cultural Economy; and The Queer Issue. These essay clusters help the reader situate the critical debates around the subject. A comprehensive bibliography of items from the earliest use of the word 'camp' to the present completes this unique and exciting volume.

 

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Contents

Queering the Camp
1
Introduction
44
Susan Sontag
53
Mark Booth
66
Philip Core
80
Fl aunting the Closet
88
Richard Dyer
110
Jack Babuscio
117
June L Reich
254
Pamela Robertson
266
George Piggford
283
Pop Camp Surplus CounterValue
301
Uses of Camp
308
Sasha Torres
330
Matthew Tinkcom
344
Introduction
356

Andrew Britton
136
Harold Beaver
160
Neil Bartlett
179
SueEllen Case
185
Introduction
202
Jonathan Dollimore
221
Linda Mizejewski
237
Drag and Transvestic Fetishism
369
Race Authenticity
393
The Politics
409
The Deaths of Camp
433
Index of names
513
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