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Notes on Camp (Penguin Modern) by [Susan Sontag]

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Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN : B0798D8RCM
  • Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (22 February 2018)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 836 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 57 pages
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm more of a minimalist though..
Published on 3 January 2019 by Nikita Poddar
Wikipedia defines Camp(Style) as an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value but Sontag in 58 jottings to be exact breaks down the boundaries between the 'high' and 'low' culture.

Stressing upon artifice and exaggeration (by compiling a list of examples) which is the essence of 'Camp' (something which we're all familiar with), she moves on to say that Camp is apolitical (which our very own RuPaul - 21st Century Camp icon disagrees with).
Long story short, take
1. A dash of Great Garbo (with her important influence on feminist consciousness);
2. 2 dashes of the Playwright Oscar Wilde (with his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray)
3. 1 fl oz. of 'pure' camp movies like 'Trouble in Paradise'
4. 2 fl oz. of Art Nouveau
5. 2 small lumps of Bellini's Operas and Swan Lake Ballet
6. Shake up throughly and strain into a vanguard of homosexuals and dandyism
7. For garnishing, put a quarter of a slice of wanna-be camp movies of Hitchcock;
and there you have it Sontag's essay 'Notes on Camp' emphasising on the different elements of 'Camp' - relish for exaggeration of sexual characteristics, the easy convertibility of one thing into something else, disclosing and simultaneously corrupting (given the chance) innocence, spirit of extravagance and style taking superiority over content.

However, the most gripping parts about the essay are the contrasts and differences she points out- between camp and kitsch, between naive camp and deliberate camp, between old style dandy & new style dandy.

"The ultimate Camp statement: it's good because it's awful...Ofcourse, one can't always say that."

With random & haphazard writing,(serving the purpose) Sontag tried her best to explain what 'camp' style means.

Popularised by Andy Warhol in the 1960s with his pop art & with the increase of response & appreciation of over-the-top aestheticism, (with the drag races or Lady Gaga's meat dress) Camp is here to stay.
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