A small boy and others: imitation and initiation in American culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol

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Duke University Press, 1998 - Social Science - 195 pages
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InA 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 asMidnight Cowboy,Blue Velvet,and Jack Smithrs"sFlaming 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 "sexual orientation" but through thedisorienting effects of imitation. Whether invoking the artist Joseph Cornellrs"s early fascination with the Great Houdini or turning his attention to Jamesrs"s self-described "initiation into style" at the age of twelve-when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in paintings by David, Geacute;ricault, and Girodet-Moon reveals how the works of these artists emerge from an engagement that is obsessive to the point of "queerness."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 Otherspresents 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.

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Moon (Disseminating Whitman, Harvard Univ., 1991), coeditor of Barbie's Queer Accessories (LJ 4/15/95), examines how the adult male artist productively revisits a remembered scene of himself as a ... Read full review


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Michael Moon is the co-founder and president of GISTICS Inc, an internationally renowned research and executive education firm. He and his firm track key developments related to the interactive corporation and its four disciplines: electronic commerce, digital branding, samrt media, and process management. He delivers a series of executive seminars, workshops, and Web-based tele-seminars in North America and abroad and advises major international corporations on strategies for branding, eCommerce, and rapid market entry into technical markets. Doug Millison is a freelance writer and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the early 1990s he helped shape the interactive media designer and developer community as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the pioneering magazine, Morph's Outpost on the Digital Frontier. More recently, he co-authored a best-selling book for Web designers and developers, Creating Killer Web Sites, Second Edition.

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