ASECS 2016: Eighteenth-Century Camp Innovative Session

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This panel proposed to examine the concept of “camp” with regards to eighteenth-century studies. The central questions that the panel explored were: How do we define the concept of camp in the eighteenth century? How might “camp” function as a useful framework or concept for thinking about eighteenth-century culture and making connections between studies of race, gender, sexuality, material culture, animal studies, and other axes of interpretation? How does the concept of camp play into our representations of that era today?


The format of this session centered on discussion and collaboration. Prior to the panel, the presenters’ short papers (2-5 pages double-spaced) were circulated online (see the links below).

At the panel, presenters gave a brief synopsis of their piece, including a presentation of any relevant images.

Following this, the audience and presenters formed small groups to discuss and produce a short document on their subtopic. At the end of the session, we came together for a final discussion of all groups. After the panel, the documents produced by the small groups were be added to the presenters’ papers online.

The Presenters and their Papers!

Misty G. Anderson (University of Tennessee), “That Evangelical Drag: Methodism, Camp, and the Camp Meeting

Fiona Brideoake (American University), “Serious Camp

Ersy Contogouris (Université du Québec à Montréal), “Neoclassicism and Camp in Sir William Hamilton’s Naples

Declan Kavanagh (University of Kent), “‘HERCULES, turn’d Beau’: Charles Churchill’s Camp Satire

Devoney Looser (Arizona State University), “Jane Austen Camp

Joseph Roach (Yale University), “Mother Camp: Walpole, Clive, and the Pleasures of Distress

Kathleen Wilson (Stony Brook University), “Men in Drag: Camp and the performance of Englishness in East Indian Domains


Emily Kugler (Howard University) AND Ula Klein (Texas A&M International University)

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