Genet's ideas, for instance, are very Camp. Could you tell readers what category of camp, if any, these fall into.
Camp is a solvent of morality. The Nation published her speech, excluding the passage comparing the magazine with Reader's Digest.
People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as "a camp," they're enjoying it. It is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Taste has no system and no proofs. As a taste in persons, Camp responds particularly to the markedly attenuated and to the strongly exaggerated.
Only under certain conditions, those which I've tried to sketch in these notes. Camp is playful, anti-serious. Pure Camp is always naive.
And Camp is esoteric — something of a private code, a badge of identity, even, among small urban cliques. Camp taste nourishes itself on the love that has gone into certain objects and personal styles.
Ordinarily we value a work of art because of the seriousness and dignity of what it achieves. What Camp taste responds to is "instant character" this is, of course, very 18th century ; and, conversely, what it is not stirred by is the sense of the development of character.
Classical ballet, opera, movies have seemed so for a long time.
There is Camp in such bad movies as The Prodigal and Samson and Delilah, the series of Italian color spectacles featuring the super-hero Maciste, numerous Japanese science fiction films Rodan, The Mysterians, The H-Man because, in their relative unpretentiousness and vulgarity, they are more extreme and irresponsible in their fantasy - and therefore touching and quite enjoyable.
The two poles of distinctively modern sentiment are nostalgia and utopia. Time has a great deal to do with it. But not everything can be seen as Camp.
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