Camp by Mark Booth

By Mark Booth

Contents:

PROLOGUE

CAMPE-TOI! ORIGINS & DEFINITIONS
Previous perspectives. Fads and fancies. Definition. Confusions: homosexuality, kitsch, theatricality, dandyism, aestheticism, preciosity, pop, stylish. Origins and etymology.
Monsieur and the Abbe de Choisy. Comedy of Manners. Versailles.

CAMPING SITES
Sources: urban lifestyles, pluralism, type, studying. objectives: traditional morality, solid flavor, marriage and relations, suburbia, recreation, enterprise. hobbies: boredom, divertissements,
scandal, self-decoration, exclusivism. Divine decadence. Conformity.

MUMMY IS the basis OF ALL EVIL
Adolescence and exclusion. self-importance and self-hatred. Selfcontrol and self-knowledge. Misanthropy. Misogyny and adoration. Bitchiness. Satiety. exhibit. Escapism.
Duplicity and espionage. Shyness and exhibitionism. Pragmatism and happiness.

CAMPINSIGHTS
Literary types: salon verse, drawing-room books and albums, poetry, comedies, novels. Archetypes: Dandy Wit, Phallic lady, Eminence Cerise, Transvestite, Burlesque
Woman, Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Manic Poseur, Vamp. types: exoticism, revivalism, nostalgie de los angeles boue. Good/Bad and So-Bad-It's-Good. The Trash Aesthetic. Andy Warhol as opposed to the summary Expressionists. Pop track rescued from pomposity: Glam Rock, Punk, Disco, New Romantics.

CELEBRATION
Achievements. traits. Virtues. Delights.

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De Montesquiou's biographer, Philippe Jullian, has said of him that he had a genius for parties, and they have certainly remained a by-word in camp circles since. They are mentioned, for example, in Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate. Parties, said de Montesquiou, should always be given against someone, and when he was drawing up a list of invites for a party, he also used to draw up a long list of excludes which was equally wellpublicised. His invites sometimes included his friend Whistler, and sometimes Sarah Bernhardt, with whom he had a brief and inconclusive affair.

Tte preuve third-class carriage anywhere in the ·world Brian Howard at Eton. f that ranting, What Beau Brummell was to the Regency and what Robert de Montesquiou was to the Belle Epoque, Brian Howard was to the Bright Young Things-a fount of inventive frivolity . Maddeningly irresponsible and adorably silly (in intention anyway), his set sped from 72 que Dieu exige toutes vas forces et taus vas scandales ? " can-tmg rot upset," she lamented, and my motber, who is the most amiable of women, touched by her distress, begged me to send Mrs Moore a belated invitation.

And Thomas Lister summarised all camp people when he described his dandy hero, Trebeck, as having 'a heartlessness in his character, a spirit of gay misanthropy'. There are two main ways in which camp misanthropy expresses itself: through the misogyny inherent in effeminacy and through camp bitchiness. Psychologists claim that effeminate men often nurture feelings of hostility, envy and revenge towards the women they mimic. Not daring to attack directly, they are surreptitiously spiteful. They secretly despise women (and feminists have been quick to pick up on these intimations of contempt).

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