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Standing out from the background, or theatrical posturing. Camp taste is concerned with affectation, artificiality, playfulness, and theatricality, and historically is therefore associated with vogues for Chinoiserie, Gothick, and the exotic. In C20 Camp taste seems to include Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Baroque, Kitsch, and Rococo, as well as the outrageously amusing. Some critics have even detected High, Middle, or Low Camp in architecture. Baroque would be High Camp, for example, while aspects of Kitsch in Post-Modernism could fall into the Low Camp category.

M. Booth (1983);Jencks (1973a)

Subjects: Literature.

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