Monday, November 30, 2015

Precis Posted for Barry Despenza

Barry Despenza
Dale Carrico

            “Camp” is usually associated with theatricality with attribution towards the gay culture. Camp Culture was popularized by filmmakers such as George & Mike Kuchar. In notes on Susan Montag’s camp, she clearly disagrees with the fact that camp is just some cheesy concept but more of a insight into one’s behavior. One must have love for the exaggeration and the artificial in order to “convert the serious into frivoulous”.  According to Montag, What’s really interesting is the concept of camp and its world in terms of style. She is careful to point out that some art can be approached as a camp, which allows me to believe that camp isn’t something to be ignored.
            Sontag suggests that taste has neither systems nor proofs. What she means is that taste has no formula. It’s clearly subjective and therefore in order to patronize and scrutinize one’s taste is distasteful. She goes on later to deconstruct the notions of taste by addressing a series of notes to Oscar Wilde. “to emphasize style, is to slight content, or to introduce an attitude which is neutral with respect to content”. Going back to the love for exaggeration, it is evident that in importance of Ernest, that Ernest life has become a theatrical experience for the viewer. Element of his life is campy but the fact that he learns who he truly is, is a metaphor for “self –identity”. As Montag said before, “Life is way too serious to take serious”/

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