The secret smile: Reflections on camp in the early 21st century

Sebastian Edward Gough Sharp

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This thesis explores the cultural phenomenon of early 21st century camp. It considers the multiple and complex ways in which camp is at work in five texts across a diverse range of media (documentary film, television serial, memoir, audio-podcast and cabaret). These close readings examine how camp interprets its own historical legacy, reflects upon the condition of its virtue, complicates the distinction between life and theatre, and finds new strategies to repudiate the canons of popular taste.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Dalziell, Tanya, Supervisor
  • Brown, Daniel, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date10 Dec 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 11/12/2018 to 11/12/2019. Made publicly available on 11/12/2019.


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