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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 existence, pluralism, variety, studying. ambitions: traditional morality, sturdy style, marriage and relations, suburbia, activity, company. interests: boredom, divertissements,
scandal, self-decoration, exclusivism. Divine decadence. Conformity.

MUMMY IS the foundation OF ALL EVIL
Adolescence and exclusion. vainness 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 tune rescued from pomposity: Glam Rock, Punk, Disco, New Romantics.

CELEBRATION
Achievements. characteristics. Virtues. Delights.

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Interview consists largely of taped interviews with well-known and not-so-wellknown personalities. Like Warhol's films, these interviews seem to lack direction and editing: the personality is simply encouraged to perform and the reader to eavesdrop. Much of what result is trivial, but then, of course, that is partly the point. The camp person is, perhaps, too self-obsessed, too dazzled by his own persona ever fully to appreciate the glories of nature. ) never looks at anything without seeing himself in it; Truman is there in the branches of the forest on a wild and windy night.

77 Vreeland, the grande dame of Vogue) and in Interview magazine, which he publishes. Interview consists largely of taped interviews with well-known and not-so-wellknown personalities. Like Warhol's films, these interviews seem to lack direction and editing: the personality is simply encouraged to perform and the reader to eavesdrop. Much of what result is trivial, but then, of course, that is partly the point. The camp person is, perhaps, too self-obsessed, too dazzled by his own persona ever fully to appreciate the glories of nature.

In fact. some Eton boys actually think Rita is a reincarnation of the Rose Queen and. to her delight. they take off their hats when she drives through Windsor in her carnage. Above: The Ypres Ball, November 1922. Princess Astafieva (with boa) and pupils. Left: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), which guys the conventions of both the horror movie and the musical. Richard Dyer has claimed that horror movies appeal to the camp because of a fascination with the disguising of depravity as normality.

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