Definitions

Related to the search for "how to talk about our work": 

Here is a link to a page that Tara found on the great wide intarwebs. It's a bunch of excerpts from Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp." It made the think about how Mad King Thomas is sometimes and sometimes not playing with a camp aesthetic. It's certainly a word people have used to describe us before.

 

I also ran across this definition of burlesque, which people have not used to describe us before, but which I think is relevant - specifically the first definition, but maybe in multiple ways:

 

  1. A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style. 

  2. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty: The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.

  3. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.

Too bad if we put burlesque on our promo material people will keep showing up asking "where're the naked girls?"

 

 
bur-lesque (br-lesk) n. 
1. A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style.
 2. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty: The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice. 
 3. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
[From French, comical, from Italian burlesco, from burla, joke, probably from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *burrula, diminutive of Late Latin burrae, nonsense from burra, wool.]  Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Comments

Well, "burlesque" isn't completely misleading...

I got yer naked girls right here: