"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
3. "The Odd and Gory Things in Life":
Roy Raz’ Music Videos and Camp Aesthetics
4. Camp as a Critical Strategy in And the Spring Comes
Part II: Trash, Dirt and Leftovers: The Oscillations of Matter
5. The "Available" Joe Brainard
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
8. A Camp Fairy Tale:
The Dirty Class of John Waters’ Desperate Living
9. Malapropos Desires: The Cinematic Oikos of Grey Gardens
Part III: Debris of the Past
10. Camp Patina: Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Transvestism and Gründerzeit Furniture
11. Camping Indigeneity: The Queer Politics of Kent Monkman
Astrid M. Fellner
12. Innocence Unprotected: Camp in Yugoslavian Cinema
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.