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A Small Boy and Others: Imitation and Initiation in American Culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol (Series Q)

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In A Small Boy and Others, Michael Moon makes a vital contributon to our understanding of the dynamics of sexuality and identity in modern American culture. He explores a wide array of literary, artistic, and theatrical performances ranging from the memoirs of Henry James and the dances of Vaslav Nijinsky to the Pop paintings of Andy Warhol and such films as Midnight Cowboy, Blue Velvet, and Jack Smithandrsquo;s Flaming Creatures.

Moon illuminates the careers of James, Warhol, and others by examining the imaginative investments of their protogay childhoods in their work in ways that enable new, more complex cultural readings. He deftly engages notions of initiation and desire not within the traditional framework of andldquo;sexual orientationandrdquo; but through the disorienting effects of imitation. Whether invoking the artist Joseph Cornellandrsquo;s early fascination with the Great Houdini or turning his attention to Jamesandrsquo;s self-described andldquo;initiation into styleandrdquo; at the age of twelveandmdash;when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in paintings by David, Gandeacute;ricault, and Girodetandmdash;Moon reveals how the works of these artists emerge from an engagement that is obsessive to the point of andldquo;queerness.andrdquo;

Rich in historical detail and insistent in its melding of the recent with the remote, the literary with the visual, the popular with the elite, A Small Boy and Others presents a hitherto unimagined tradition of brave and outrageous queer invention. This long-awaited contribution from Moon will be welcomed by all those engaged in literary, cultural, and queer studies.

Synopsis:

An exploration of the queer childhoods and odd careers of artists and writers of the 1890s and 1960s.

About the Author

Michael Moon is Professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Disseminating Whitman: Revision and Coroporeality in andldquo;Leaves of Grass,andrdquo; and coeditor of Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from andldquo;Oroonokoandrdquo; to Anita Hill (Duke University Press).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822321613
Author:
Moon, Michael
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Michele Ainabarale
Author:
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
Author:
Moon
Author:
Goldberg, Jonathan
Author:
Barale, Mich&egrave
Author:
le Aina Barale
Author:
Mich&egrave
Author:
le Aina
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Homosexuality in motion pictures
Subject:
Gay men in literature
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Series Q
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandw photographs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.44x6.44x.82 in. 1.17 lbs.

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