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Camp Sites : Sex, Politics, and Academic Style in Postwar America / Michael Trask.

Author/Creator:
Trask, Michael, author., Author,
Publication:
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (272 pages)
Series:
Post*45
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Camp (Style) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Homosexuality and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Universities and colleges -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Reading across the disciplines of the mid-century university, this book argues that the political shift in postwar America from consensus liberalism to New Left radicalism entailed as many continuities as ruptures. Both Cold War liberals and radicals understood the university as a privileged site for "doing politics," and both exiled homosexuality from the political ideals each group favored. Liberals, who advanced a politics of style over substance, saw gay people as unable to separate the two, as incapable of maintaining the opportunistic suspension of disbelief on which a tough-minded liberalism depended. Radicals, committed to a politics of authenticity, saw gay people as hopelessly beholden to the role-playing and duplicity that the radicals condemned in their liberal forebears. Camp Sites considers key themes of postwar culture, from the conflict between performance and authenticity to the rise of the meritocracy, through the lens of camp, the underground sensibility of pre-Stonewall gay life. In so doing, it argues that our basic assumptions about the social style of the postwar milieu are deeply informed by certain presuppositions about homosexual experience and identity, and that these presuppositions remain stubbornly entrenched despite our post-Stonewall consciousness-raising.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 The Schooling of America
2 Campus Novels and Experimental Persons
3 Liberal Perversion and Countercultural Commitment
4 From Impression Management to Expressive Authenticity
5 Deviant Ethnographies
6 Feminism, Meritocracy, and the Postindustrial Economy
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780804786638
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780804786638 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.