The Black Museum presents Camp Sensibilities & Queer Horror TV
Toronto, ON, Canada
Artifice & Exaggeration: Camp Sensibilities and Queer Horror TV
ft. Stephanie A. Graves
In contemporary horror, the camp sensibility has flourished and helped shape the turn away from simplistic “queer equals monster” metaphors. Modern camp refuses to be stigmatized as “low art,” and instead works to tear down the false binaries not only between “good taste” and “bad taste” but also between the strict (and often inaccurate) divisions of “gay” and "straight.” It destabilizes taxonomies and resists concise categorization, which makes it a natural ally for horror—a genre already marked by hybridity and a resistance to absolutes. In contemporary horror TV, camp is both a site of queer pleasure and a means of invoking queer horror history to celebrate the longevity of our presence and our refusal to remain invisible.Guest lecturer Stephanie A. Graves looks at how camp has shaped horror media, focusing on how it has helped change queer representation with examples from works like True Blood, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Hannibal, Creepshow, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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