The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics: Queer Economies of Dirt, Dust and Patina, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics

Queer Economies of Dirt, Dust and Patina, 1st Edition

Edited by Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Franziska Bergmann, Georg Vogt

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202 pages

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Description

"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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The dirt doesn’t get any worse": The Alliance of Camp and Dirt



Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Georg Vogt and Franziska Bergmann



Part I: Upside – Downside – Upside: Camp’s Dialectic of Dirt and Beauty





1. The Jewel in the Gutter: Camp and the Incorporation of Dirt



Ingrid Hotz- Davies





2. Camp Conquests:



Deconstructing the Sublime in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert



Christian Lassen





3. "The Odd and Gory Things in Life":



Roy Raz’ Music Videos and Camp Aesthetics



Gero Bauer





4. Camp as a Critical Strategy in And the Spring Comes



Zairong Xiang









Part II: Trash, Dirt and Leftovers: The Oscillations of Matter



5. The "Available" Joe Brainard



David Bergman





6. Dirty Sound: The Camp Materialism of Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls



Kristina Pia Hofer





7. Camping Out in the Detritus of the 1960s Queer Underground:



The "Moldy" Fantasies of Jack Smith



Ronald Gregg





8. A Camp Fairy Tale:



The Dirty Class of John Waters’ Desperate Living



Giulia Palladini





9. Malapropos Desires: The Cinematic Oikos of Grey Gardens



Georg Vogt



Part III: Debris of the Past





10. Camp Patina: Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Transvestism and Gründerzeit Furniture



Franziska Bergmann





11. Camping Indigeneity: The Queer Politics of Kent Monkman



Astrid M. Fellner





12. Innocence Unprotected: Camp in Yugoslavian Cinema



Milisava Petković

About the Editors

Ingrid Hotz-Davies is Professor of English Literature and Gender Studies and co-director of the Centre for Gender and Diversity Research at the University of Tübingen, Germany.



Georg Vogt is Lecturer at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria.



Franziska Bergman is Junior Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Trier, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT004160
LITERARY CRITICISM / Gay & Lesbian
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER004030
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC017000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies