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Sixteen essays explore the relationship between style and homosexuality, showing how camp has made its way into every aspect of cultural life: theater, 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. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870238772
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/1993
  • Pages: 312

Meet the Author

David Bergman

David Bergman is professor of English at Towson University. The editor of The Violet Quill Reader, he has won awards for his collection of poems, Cracking the Code, his book Gaiety Transfigured: Self-Representation in Gay American Literature, and for editing the anthology Men on Men 2000.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
I General Camp
Camp and the Gay Sensibility 19
Role Models 39
Uses of Camp 54
The Loneliness of Camp 78
Strategic Camp: The Art of Gay Rhetoric 92
II Applied Camp
Walt Whitman Camping 113
High Culture and High Camp: The Case of Marcel Proust 121
Degenerate Personality: Deviant Sexuality and Race in Ronald Firbank's Novels 134
"The Kinda Comedy that Imitates Me": Mae West's Identification with the Feminist Camp 156
The Critic as Performance Artist: Susan Sontag's Writing and Gay Cultures 173
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me": The Camp Masquerades of Dusty Springfield 185
"It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To!": Gay Men, AIDS, and the Circulation of Camp in U.S. Theater 206
"Kinky Escapades, Bedroom Techniques, Unbridled Passion, and Secret Sex Codes" 234
III Style and Homosexuality
Fake It Like a Man 259
Homosexual Expression and Homophobic Censorship: The Situation of the Text 268
Roland Barthes: Toward an "Ecriture Gaie" 282
Contributors 299
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