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FlirtationsRhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction$
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Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel, and Lauren Shizuko Stone

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264896

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264896.001.0001

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Playing with Yourself

Playing with Yourself

On The Self-Reference Of Flirtation

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(p.51) Playing with Yourself
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Flirtations
Author(s):

Arne Höcker

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264896.003.0006

This chapter first engages with Paul Fleming's contribution to this volume, “The Art of Flirtation: Simmel's Coquetry Without End”. In the concluding section of his essay, Fleming presents the Odyssey's episode of the song of the Sirens as the primal scene of flirtation as art and art as flirtation. The chapter confronts this poetic primal scene of flirtation by rereading Kafka's small prose piece from 1917, where Kafka rewrites Odysseus' encounter with the Sirens, who in Kafka's interpretation make use of a weapon even deadlier than their song: remaining silent. The chapter then engages with Rüdiger Campe's essay “Playing with Yourself: On the Self-Reference of Flirtation,”, which investigates the historical process in which rhetoric prefigures the possibility of literature by self-institutionalizing the institution of rhetoric. It attempts to further elaborate the essay's relevance for an overall theory of flirtation.

Keywords:   flirtation, rhetoric, literature, Odyssey, Paul Fleming, Rüdiger Campe

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