A Small Boy and Others: Imitation and Initiation in American by Michael Moon

By Michael Moon

In A Small Boy and Others, Michael Moon makes an essential contributon to our realizing of the dynamics of sexuality and id in smooth American tradition. He explores a big selection of literary, inventive, 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 movies as Midnight Cowboy, Blue Velvet, and Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures.

Moon illuminates the careers of James, Warhol, and others via interpreting the inventive investments in their protogay childhoods of their paintings in ways in which let new, extra complicated cultural readings. He deftly engages notions of initiation and wish no longer in the conventional framework of “sexual orientation” yet in the course of the disorienting results of imitation. no matter if invoking the artist Joseph Cornell’s early fascination with the nice Houdini or turning his cognizance to James’s self-described “initiation into sort” on the age of twelve—when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in work through David, Géricault, and Girodet—Moon unearths 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 can be welcomed through all these engaged in literary, cultural, and queer studies.

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