No 04 (2007)

Camp!

0 04 2007

From ballet dancers to toilet humour, Pink Flamingos to Douglas Sirk, summer camp to Mick Jagger...

The spring 2007 issue of FORUM engages with the topic of Camp!

Divine in John Waters's Pink Flamingos, 1972

Covering a wide variety of media, the articles consider representations of camp, as well as exploring the potential of camp as a critical interpretative strategy. The edition opens with the classic camp of Carry On films, before moving on to an analysis of the politics of straight camp in hard rock. Personal anecdote is interwoven with a re-examination of Susan Sontag's "Notes on 'Camp'" in our third article, followed by a consideration of the restorative potential of camp in a short story about a man living with HIV. The issue closes with a look at the classic melodrama of Douglas Sirk, interpreting his use of colour within a camp register.

Editors: Clare Bielby & Sally Henderson

Table of Contents

Guest Articles

"The vanguard - and the most articulate audience": Queer Camp, Jack Smith and John Waters PDF
Nicholas de Villiers
The Politics of Dancing: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo PDF
Selby Wynn Schwartz

Articles

Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, and Susan Sontag: Campaigners of Camp and the Carry On films. PDF
John Bannister
Dude Looks Like A Lady: Straight Camp and the Homo-social World of Hard Rock. PDF
Jack Burton
The Wide Camp Sea, or Notes on Sontag PDF
Sholem Krishtalka
Camp Cures (the Stigma of Illness). Escaping the Tyranny of Caring, Charity, and Positive Thinking in Adam Mars-Jones' "Slim" PDF
Christian Lassen
Putting on the Red Dress: Reading Performative Camp in Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows PDF
Ryan Powell