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A ****** Film Classic on cinematic camp icon John Waters' 1974 dark comedy, starring the legendary Divine as Dawn Davenport, a young troublemaker who embarks on a mind-bending journey in a world "where crime and beauty are the same." Chris Holmlund's book examines the film's camp aethestic and its position in the history of independent film that also includes Waters' infamous 1972 film Pink Flamingos.
Chris Holmlund is a Professor of Film, Women's Studies and French at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her previous books include American Cinema of the 1990s (Rutgers University Press) and Impossible Bodies (Routledge).