Susan Sontag: "Notes on 'Camp'"

Sontag's essay begins in a familiar style with a thesis, some background to the concept that she intends to discuss, and a statement of a conclusion she intends to reach -- more or less. But by page two, the form shifts to a series of numbered paragraphs.

As you read this, consider the arrangement of those paragraphs. If she had arranged them differently, what effect would that have on the piece overall? Though this is not arranged like a conventional essay, there is still an argument in it. Can you paraphrase that argument -- or asked differently, can you paraphrase the definition of Camp for which she argues? If so, then paraphrase it; if not, then say where you think her essay fails.

Discuss your answers in the forum.