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The term 'camp' comes from the French term se camper, meaning 'to pose in an exaggerated fashion', and was first used in 1909, although it has long been regarded as etymologically obscure. Back then it was noted to mean ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical or effeminate, but it didn't stay in those pigeonholes. The rise of post-modernism made 'camp' an aesthetic choice which was not…
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The 1960s were by all accounts a schizophrenic time - on the one hand London was blooming with creative originality and artistic talent, while the rest of the country was stuck in a postwar past that had hardly shifted since the days of Clement Atlee. While Northern comics continued to tell racist jokes, a very different sensibility took hold in the capital. True, it had been there since the 1920s…
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