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Course name Seminar: 3.02.971 S CAMP!
Subtitle
Course number 3.02.971
Semester Sommersemester 2021
Current number of participants 15
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Mon., 12.04.2021 10:00 - 12:00, Room: (online)
Type/Form
Lehrsprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(online) Monday: 10:00 - 12:00, weekly (13x)

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Comment/Description

Judy Garland singing Somewhere over the Rainbow in shiny red slippers, the look of Doris Day, a cheesy song by Liza Minnelli, the impersonations of Dame Edna, ABBA, the architecture of Gaudi, feather boas, the aphorisms of Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp, a Eurovision song performed with maximum verve, Julie Andrews yodelling on a mountaintop, psychedelic sci-fi flicks from the 1960s, the Austin Powers movies, a Tiffany lamp, glam rock, Batman and Robin, Bette Davis, Bette Midler, the arias of Florence Foster-Jenkins, rococo, Kiss, Ernie & Bert, water ballet revues, the Last Night of the Proms, Huit Femmes, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and perhaps flamingos … If these things make you laugh for no particular reason, this may well be the right class for you. According to the late Susan Sontag then, camp is "a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon." Seeing the world through camp lenses has its advantages, for camp, the notorious 'gay sensibility', also signifies a powerful deconstructivist practice. As such, its favourite tasks are to ridicule failed seriousness, to unmask false glamour, and to expose the unmarked and invisible workings that underlie a (hetero-)normative culture. However, there is another side to camp, for camp also loves the things it mocks and ridicules, loves it, that is, when it can assemble and confer "beauty" on a world that has lost its charms. Hence, camp needs to be regarded as a fundamentally ambivalent sensibility: political in the sense that its paranoid/deconstructivist practices aim at demystification and exposure, and thera-peutic in the sense that its aesthetic/reparative practices strive for comfort, uplift, and healing. This seminar tries to explore the workings of camp, analysing its distribution, its subterfuge, and its parodic reinscriptions.

PRIMARY TEXTS
Crisp, Quentin. The Naked Civil Servant. New York and London: HarperCollins, 2007. Print. [or any other edition]
Calamity Jane. Dir. David Butler. Perf. Doris Day and Howard Keel. 1953. Warner Home Video, 2003. DVD.
Orton, Joe. What the Butler Saw. London et al.: Bloomsbury, 1969. Print. [or any other edition]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dir. Jim Sharman. Perf. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. 1975. Twentieth Century Fox, 2013. DVD.
Velvet Goldmine. Dir. Todd Haynes. Dir. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Toni Collette. 1998. Miramax, 2000.

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The course is part of admission "ang971/2/3 981/2/3 991/2/3 MM LitKult".
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  • This setting is active from 22.03.2021 06:00 to 31.05.2021 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Subject is Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Deutsch als Zweitsprache
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Subject is English Studies
  • The enrolment is possible from 22.03.2021, 06:00 to 31.05.2021, 23:59.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 26.03.2021 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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