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

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Book
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ISBN 10
0822321734 
ISBN 13
9780822321736 
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Publication Year
1998 
Pages
208 
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Michael Moon illuminates the careers of Henry James, Andy 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 “sexual orientation” but through the disorienting effects of imitation. Whether invoking the artist Joseph Cornell’s early fascination with the Great Houdini or turning his attention to James’s self-described “initiation into style” at the age of twelve—when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in paintings by David, Géricault, and Girodet—Moon reveals how the works of these artists emerge from an engagement that is obsessive to the point of “queerness.”

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