"Camp" is often associated with glamour, surfaces and an ostentatious display of chic, but as these authors argue, there is an underside to it that has often gone unnoticed: camp’s simultaneous investment in dirt, vulgarity, the discarded and rejected, the abject. This book explores how camp challenges and at the same time celebrates what is arguably the single most important and foundational cultural division, that between the dirty and the clean. In refocusing camp as a phenomenon of the dark underside as much as of the glamorous surface, the collection hopes to offer an important contribution to our understanding of the cultural politics and aesthetics of camp.

chapter |11 pages


“The dirt doesn’t get any worse”: The Alliance of Camp and Dirt
ByIngrid Hotz-Davies, Georg Vogt, Franziska Bergmann

part I|58 pages

Upside – Downside – Upside

chapter 1|11 pages

The Jewel in the Gutter

Camp and the Incorporation of Dirt
ByIngrid Hotz-Davies

chapter 2|15 pages

Camp Conquests

Deconstructing the Sublime in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
ByChristian Lassen

chapter 3|15 pages

“The odd and gory things in life”

Roy Raz’ Music Videos and Camp Aesthetics
ByGero Bauer

chapter 4|15 pages

Camp as a Critical Strategy in And the Spring Comes

ByZairong Xiang

part II|74 pages

Trash, Dirt and Leftovers

chapter 5|17 pages

The “Available” Joe Brainard

ByDavid Bergman

chapter 6|13 pages

Dirty Sound

The Camp Materialism of Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls
ByKristina Pia Hofer

chapter 7|14 pages

Camping Out in the Detritus of the 1960s Queer Underground

The “Moldy” Fantasies of Jack Smith
ByRonald Gregg

chapter 8|12 pages

A Camp Fairy Tale

The Dirty Class of John Waters’ Desperate Living
ByGiulia Palladini

chapter 9|18 pages

Malapropos Desires

The Cinematic Oikos of Grey Gardens
ByGeorg Vogt

part III|48 pages

Debris of the Past

chapter 10|11 pages

Camp Patina

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Transvestism and Gründerzeit Furniture
ByFranziska Bergmann

chapter 11|21 pages

Camping Indigeneity

The Queer Politics of Kent Monkman
ByAstrid M. Fellner

chapter 12|16 pages

Innocence Unprotected

Camp in Yugoslavian Cinema
ByMilisava Petković