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Camp Grounds

Style and Homosexuality

David Bergman (editor)

ISBN: 9780870238789

Publication Date: Jan 1994

Format: Paperback

The 16 essays in this book explore the relationship between style and homosexuality, showing how "camp" has made its way into aspects of cultural life. The chapters address topics ranging from the "high camp" of Whitman and Proust to the "low camp" of drag-queen culture and gay fanzines.
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The concept of camp has never been easy to define. Derived from the French verb "camper" (to pose) it has been variously interpreted as a style that favours exaggeration, an ironic attitude toward the cultural mainstream and a form of aestheticism that celebrates artifice over beauty. At the same time, camp has been long associated with homosexual culture, or at least with a self-conscious eroticism that questions traditional gender constructions. The 16 essays on camp included in this book explore the relationship between style and homosexuality, showing how camp has made its way into every aspect of our cultural lives: theatre, popular music, opera, film, and literature. Beginning with an overview of what camp is, where it came from and how it operates, the chapters address topics ranging from the "high camp" of Whitman and Proust to the "low camp" of drag-queen culture and gay fanzines. Together they carry forward a conversation that began more than 25 years ago, before Stonewall and AIDS, when Susan Sontag published her memorable "Notes on Camp".
Illustrations 11 illustrations
Pages 336
Date Published 31 Jan 1994
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Subject/s Cultural studies   Gender studies, gender groups   Gay studies (Gay men)  

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