The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics: Queer Economies of Dirt, Dust and Patina

1st Edition

Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Franziska Bergmann, Georg Vogt

Published September 21, 2017
Reference - 202 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415790789 - CAT# Y319531
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies


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"Camp" is often associated with glamour, surfaces and an ostentatious display of chic, but as these authors argue, there is an underside to it that has often gone unnoticed: camp’s simultaneous investment in dirt, vulgarity, the discarded and rejected, the abject. This book explores how camp challenges and at the same time celebrates what is arguably the single most important and foundational cultural division, that between the dirty and the clean. In refocusing camp as a phenomenon of the dark underside as much as of the glamorous surface, the collection hopes to offer an important contribution to our understanding of the cultural politics and aesthetics of camp.

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