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Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 220
Rachel Loewen Walker

WGST 220 February 24 1 Performativity • Performance: o Implies something is done for entertainment, for a specific occasion o Acting, separate from everyday life, staged encounter o Inauthentic, not the real subject -- posed manipulated o Preforming expected norms o Communicative, engaging, takes on a persona o Performance and CAMP • Notes on camp -- Susan Sontag 1. To start, very generally: camp is a certain model of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon. That way, the way of CAMP, is not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the degree of artifice of stylization 2. To emphasize is to slight content, or to introduce an attitude which is neutral with respect to content. it goes without saying that CAMPY sensibility is disengaged, depoliticized -- or at least apolitical. 1. CAMP sees everything in quotation marks. It's not a lamp, but a "lamp": not a woman, but a "Woman". to perceive CAMP in objects in objects and persons is to understand Being-as-Playing-a- Role. 1. CAMP is the consistency aesthetic experience of the world. It incarnates a victory of "style" over "content" "aesthetics" over "morality" of irony over tragedy 1. the whole point of CAMP is dethrone the serious. CAMP is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, CAMP involves a new, more complex relation to "the serious" One can be serious about frivolous, frivolous about the series • CAMP is parody, finds understanding in value of the original • Often linked with queer parody • There is an original apple or we wouldn't be able to parody it o A moments of risked intimacy o Authenticity vs. Artifice • Authenticity: • Measure of legitimacy • Knowing what "face" you are putting on at each moment • Subculture (non-dominate culture) is seen as being more authentic • One thing that goes unquestioned within subculture: authenticity is subjected to maleness • What if we stop thinking there is a difference between the real person and the subject • Garnet and Crystal Clear • If we change the way we talked about a person "real or fake" WGST 220 February 24 2 • Relationship between personas • What we consider real is a way to take the legitimacy power • Artifice: • Performativity: o One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman" -- Simone de Beauvior. The Sec
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