SUMMER CAMP READING LIST


Camp, by it's very nature, is a bit of a challenge to pin down. As we get ready for the show, this page will continue to be updated with all the best resources we can find to help guide the way.

While camp may be anti-serious, it's roots in Black and queer communities in particular deserve celebration. Consider this required reading for enjoying your time at Summer Camp:

Notes on Camp. Susan Sontag. 1964. The Parisian Review.

THE HISTORY OF CAMP IS BLACK AND QUEER. Taylor Crumpton. Afropunk. 2019. 

Notes on Camp – and Anti-Camp. Bruce LaBruce. NatBrut Magazine. 2013.

BLACK DRAG QUEENS INVENTED CAMP: THE POLITICAL AND AESTHETIC EFFECTS OF BLACK DRAG CULTURE. Courtney Delong. CR Fashion Book. 2020.

WHAT IS ‘CAMP’? FIVE SCHOLARS DISCUSS SONTAG, THE MET GALA, AND CAMP’S QUEER ORIGINS. Aesthetics for Birds. 2019.

Susan Sontag: Notes on Camp. Sophie Nenn. Video.

"It's Good Because It's Awful!" A Video Essay on Camp Films. Marissa T. Video.

Camping with the Stars: Queer Perfomativity, Pop Intertextuality, and Camp in the Pop Art of Lady Gaga. Katrin Horn. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies.