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Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction

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Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction

Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel, and Lauren Shizuko Stone

What is flirtation, and how does it differ from seduction? In historical terms, the particular question of flirtation has tended to be obscured by that of seduction, which has understandably been a major preoccupation for twentieth-century thought and critical theory. Both the discourse and the critique of seduction are unified by their shared obsession with a very determinate end: power. In contrast, flirtation is the game in which no one seems to gain the upper hand and no ... Read more


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