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Type: Paper
Paper Title: WHY ARE THE DRAG QUEENS LAUGHING?
Author: DAVID HALPERIN   
Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM
Co-Author(s): DAVID HALPERIN 
Abstract: Before "camp" was the name of a sensibility, it was the designation for a kind of person. Esther Newton's account of that figure demonstrates that certain functions of camp can be more easily specified and explained when camp is situated in the context of the social environment from which it emerged. Gay male cultural practices are better understood when they are restored to their original, pragmatic situations than when they are abstracted and analyzed in terms of aesthetic theory, as Susan Sontag preferred to do, however brilliantly. I propose to illustrate that contention with several examples drawn from Newton's MOTHER CAMP.

Program Number: 3-0815
Session Title: THE MOTHER (CAMP) OF US ALL: LGBT ANTHROPOLOGY HONORS ESTHER NEWTON
Session Sponsor: Association for Queer Anthropology
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): ELLEN LEWIN (University of Iowa) 
Chair(s): ELLEN LEWIN (University of Iowa)  
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