Illuminates the expressive, social, and political stakes of style
This collection of essays provides the first in-depth examination of camp as it relates to a wide variety of twentieth and twenty-first century music and musical performances. Located at the convergence of popular and queer musicology, the book provides new research into camp's presence, techniques, discourses, and potential meanings across a broad spectrum of musical genres, including: musical theatre, classical music, film music, opera, instrumental music, the Broadway musical, rock, pop, hip-hop, and Christmas carols. This significant contribution to the field of camp studies investigates why and how music has served as an expressive and political vehicle for both the aesthetic characteristics and the receptive modes that have been associated with camp throughout twentieth and twenty-first-century culture.
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Christopher Moore & Philip Purvis, Introduction
PART I: THE SACCHARINE & THE SACRED
Chapter 1: Mitchel Morris, On Fairies (and Mothers): Beatrice Lillie Sings
Chapter 2: Lloyd Whitesell, The Uses of Extravagance in the Hollywood Musical
Chapter 3: Stephen Pysnik, Musical Camp: Conrad Salinger and the Performance of Queerness in The Pirate
Chapter 4: Ivan Raykoff, The Camp Sincerity of Christmas Carols
Chapter 5: Christopher Moore, Camping the Sacred: Homosexuality and Religion in the Works of Poulenc and Bernstein
PART II: FLAMING LIPS & FLAMING HIPS
Chapter 6: Freya Jarman, Watch my Lips: The Limits of Camp in Lip-syncing Scenes
Chapter 7: Sam Baltimore, Camping Out: Queer Communities and Public Singalongs
Chapter 8: Francesca T. Royster, "The Booty Don't Lie" and other Camp Truths in the Performances of Janelle Monáe
PART III: GENDER & GENITALS
Chapter 9: Peter Franklin, Strauss as the Pervert? Gendered Subjectivity, Ambiguous Meaning
Chapter 10: Philip Purvis, Poulenc's (Sub)urban Camp: L'Embarquement pour Cythère
Chapter 11: Raymond Knapp, The Straight Bookends to Camp's Gay Golden Age: From Gilbert and Sullivan to Roger Vadim and Mel Brooks
Chapter 12: Lori Burns & Marc Lafrance, The Dark Side of Camp: Making Sense of Violence against Men in Christina Aguilera's "Your Body"
"This welcome anthology opens the field through a rich variety of contexts, methods and perspectives, with a number of essays destined to become 'camp classics.'"~Caryl Flinn, University of Michigan
"From lip-syncing to queer sing-alongs, Gilbert and Sullivan to Poulenc, Johann Strauss to Janelle Monaé, this resplendent romp through music's camp hotbed illumines the expressive, social, and political stakes of style."~Nadine Hubbs, author of Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music