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New PDF release: A Small Boy and Others: Imitation and Initiation in American

By Michael Moon

In A Small Boy and Others, Michael Moon makes a necessary contributon to our figuring out of the dynamics of sexuality and identification in sleek American tradition. He explores a big selection of literary, creative, and theatrical performances starting from the memoirs of Henry James and the dances of Vaslav Nijinsky to the Pop work of Andy Warhol and such motion pictures as Midnight Cowboy, Blue Velvet, and Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures.

Moon illuminates the careers of James, Warhol, and others via reading the inventive investments in their protogay childhoods of their paintings in ways in which permit new, extra advanced cultural readings. He deftly engages notions of initiation and hope now not in the conventional framework of “sexual orientation” yet during the disorienting results of imitation. even if invoking the artist Joseph Cornell’s early fascination with the good Houdini or turning his cognizance to James’s self-described “initiation into kind” on the age of twelve—when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in work via David, Géricault, and Girodet—Moon finds how the works of those artists emerge from an engagement that's obsessive to the purpose of “queerness.”

Rich in historic element and insistent in its melding of the new with the distant, the literary with the visible, the preferred with the elite, A Small Boy and Others offers a hitherto unimagined culture of courageous and outrageous queer invention. This long-awaited contribution from Moon might be welcomed by means of all these engaged in literary, cultural, and queer studies.

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