Lecture: "Authentic Artifice: Dolly Parton's Negotiations of Sontag's Camp" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: "Authentic Artifice: Dolly Parton's Negotiations of Sontag's Camp"

September 15, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Emily Crosby, Instructor in GSWS

Often dismissed as lowbrow, simple, and tangled in rural roots, country music has been overlooked by scholars as a site of camp – full of artifice and exaggeration. Therefore, I use Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 “Notes on Camp” as a lens through which to explore how country music star Dolly Parton negotiates the limiting camp binaries of artifice/authenticity, hypersexuality/monogamy, and monstrous/virtuous in order to sustain a mass fan base of disparate audiences. This research, as part of a larger dissertation project, contributes to underexplored areas in camp scholarship and destabilizes gay white men’s “ownership” of camp.   

 

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