Camp: Queer Aesthetics and the Performing Subject : a Reader

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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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I initially rated this a 4 out of 5, but then I realized at some point that I hadn't read about five essays I really needed to for my thesis, and when I went back and read those I was a lot more ... Read full review

Contents

From The World in the Evening
49
Notes on Camp
53
Campetoi On the Origins and Definitions of Camp
66
From Camp The Lie That Tells The Truth
80
Flaunting the Closet
87
Introduction
88
Role Models
96
Its Being So Camp as Keeps Us Going
110
Genderfuck The Law of the Dildo
254
What Makes the Feminist Camp?
266
Whos That Girl? Annie Lennox Woolfs Orlando and Female Camp Androgyny
283
Pop Camp Surplus CounterValue or the Camp of Cultural Economy
301
Introduction
302
Uses of Camp
308
The Caped Crusader of Camp Pop Camp and the Batman Television Series
330
Warhols Camp
344

The Cinema of Camp aka Camp and the Gay Sensibility
117
For Interpretation Notes against Camp
136
Sex and Address in Dynasty
143
Homosexual Signs In Memory of Roland Barthes
160
Forgery
179
Toward a ButchFemme Aesthetic
185
Gender and Other Spectacles
201
Introduction
202
From Wilde Nietzsche and the Sentimental Relations of the Male Body
207
Postmodern On the Gay Sensibility or the Perverts Revenge on Authenticity
221
Camp among the Swastikas Isherwood Sally Bowles and Good Heter Stuff
237
The Queer Issue
355
Introduction
356
From Interiority to Gender Performatives
361
Boys Will Be Girls Drag and Transvestic Fetishism
369
Mae Wests Maids Race Authenticity and the Discourse of Camp
393
Camping in the Art Closet The Politics of Camp and Nations in German Film
409
The Deaths of Camp
433
A bibliography of secondary materials 18691997
458
Index of names
513
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Cleto teaches English Literature at the University of Bergamo in Italy

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