By Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz
What is flirtation, and the way does it range from seduction?
In historic phrases, the actual query of flirtation has tended to be obscured by way of that of seduction, which has understandably been an important preoccupation for twentieth-century proposal and demanding thought. either the discourse and the critique of seduction are unified through their shared obsession with a truly determinate finish: strength. by contrast, flirtation is the sport during which not anyone turns out to realize the higher hand and nobody turns out to surrender. The counter-concept of flirtation has therefore stood quietly to the part, by no means rather reaching an identical prominence as that of seduction. It is that this elusive (and mostly neglected) territory of taking part in for play's sake that's the topic of this anthology.
The essays during this quantity tackle the under-theorized terrain of flirtation now not as a subgenre of seduction yet really as a phenomenon in its personal correct. Drawing at the interdisciplinary heritage of scholarship on flirtation at the same time it re-approaches the query from a incredibly aesthetic and literary-theoretical viewpoint, 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 courting 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 by surprise legible because the wielding of a specific and sophisticated type of nonteleological power.
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Four advent the present quantity attracts at the interdisciplinary background of scholarship on flirtation while it techniques the query from a exceedingly aesthetic and literary-theoretical viewpoint. The essays supply an account of the perform of flirtation and of the determine of the flirt as noticeable in the course of the lenses of aesthetics and literary thought, exploring flirtation’s involvement with problems with mimesis, poetic ambiguity, and certainly anything similar to aesthetic excitement. in addition, in bringing the topos of flirtation into view, the readings show it as a sort of literary self-reflection: Literature turns out to discuss itself whilst it talks approximately flirtation. In what is still of this creation we'll flip to a couple different key theoretical frames for the venture with specific regard to the literariness of flirtation and its implications for the shape of the quantity itself sooner than previewing the particular essays. Can one flirt by myself? Intuitively the reply may probably be no—and hence the layout of this booklet, just like the constitution of play itself, offers the flirt with person who flirts again. As a determine, flirtation has a dance-like caliber and consequently wishes an different who takes up the circulation and responds to the gesture. we commence through drawing on Roland Barthes’s dramatic process and choreographic use of figures (in A Lover’s Discourse) as whatever “that has been learn, heard, felt. . . . A determine is tested if not less than an individual can say: ‘That’s so actual! I realize that scene of language. ’ ”15 yet in contrast to Barthes’s lover in solitude, who's “confronting the opposite . . . , who doesn't speak,”16 flirtation should be sustained provided that an different performs alongside. In impression the flirting events continually practice a type of discussion. we've got for this reason selected to offer six brief flirtations among matters of writing, one starting up the flirt and the opposite responding to it. The dialogic precept during this anthology remembers the Symposium, which poses the query of no matter if Platonic dialogues partake in a kind of flirtation and what it's going to suggest to recast the affection of knowledge (philosophia) as a playful and doubtless unnecessary chase. Twentieth-century philosophy has realized a lot from interrogating this historic shape. Stanley Cavell’s undertaking in his vintage objectives of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage has various INTRODUCTION five issues of overlap with our personal, such a lot emphatically within the affinity he issues to among feedback and dialog. His personal essays double this determine of discourse: in Cavell’s phrases, feedback is “a ordinary extension of conversation,” and the flicks he writes on “are themselves investigations of (parts of a talk approximately) rules of dialog. ”17 Cavell implicitly areas his dialogue-heavy comedies of remarriage within the lineage of the Symposium. on reflection to the early days of sound cinema, his comedies mark a type of rupture with the predominantly visible and gestural good judgment of flirtation linked to discourses of modernity and the town from Baudelaire to Simmel.