Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction (Idiom Inventing Writing Theory FUP)

Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction (Idiom Inventing Writing Theory FUP)

Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz


What is flirtation, and the way does it range from seduction?

In ancient phrases, the actual query of flirtation has tended to be obscured through that of seduction, which has understandably been an incredible preoccupation for twentieth-century idea and demanding conception. either the discourse and the critique of seduction are unified via their shared obsession with a truly determinate finish: strength. by contrast, flirtation is the sport during which not anyone turns out to achieve the higher hand and not anyone turns out to surrender. The counter-concept of flirtation has therefore stood quietly to the facet, by no means rather reaching an identical prominence as that of seduction. It is that this elusive (and principally missed) territory of taking part in for play's sake that's the topic of this anthology.

The essays during this quantity handle the under-theorized terrain of flirtation no longer as a subgenre of seduction yet quite as a phenomenon in its personal correct. Drawing at the interdisciplinary background of scholarship on flirtation whilst it re-approaches the query from a tremendously aesthetic and literary-theoretical standpoint, the participants to Flirtations thus give an account of the perform of flirtation and of the determine of the flirt, taking over the act's dating to problems with mimesis, poetic ambiguity, and aesthetic pleasure. The paintings of this poetic playfulness-often learn or misinterpret as flirtation's "empty gesture"-becomes all of sudden legible because the wielding of a selected and sophisticated type of nonteleological power.

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