Rachel Kinsman Steck
Course taught by: Rachel Kinsman Steck

'Camp' has been characterized as excessive, ostentatious, affected..., gay. It has been described as an aesthetic, sensibility, style, or taste where high art meets popular culture 'in' fashion. Camp is where the Tiffany Lamp meets Lady Gaga, where Judith Butler meets Susan Sontag, or where drag meets Patrick Swayze. Historically speaking, to 'read' camp is to 'know' - to finally be 'seen' within a culture that rarely 'looks.' This colloquium is an introduction to camp in its various forms. Like camp itself, we will bring together high theory and popular culture and explore our own presence and resistance within our readings of identity, performativity, and sexuality We will wrestle with such questions as: Do we always know camp when we see it? Who is able to participate in camp? Is camp always subversive?