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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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Staging Appeal, Performing Ambivalence

Staging Appeal, Performing Ambivalence

(p.61) Interlude: Staging Appeal, Performing Ambivalence

Lauren Shizuko Stone

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers flirtation's relation to seduction as citational; it borrows the gesture, the performance, and the language, but it also retains a difference. It develops this notion of flirtation vis-à-vis seduction by looking at the ordinary circumstances in which such a distinction might arise, such as those that happen in quotidian spaces: in bars, in offices, and on sidewalks. It then argues that flirtation is not a paltry imitation of seduction; it rests on the same principles of contingency, of invisible and malleable intent. It is, in a Butlerean sense, however, a parody—it is seduction in drag—insofar as the pleasure we receive from flirtation does not point to a relation of strict mimesis but uncovers the shared and essential instability that undergirds both.

Keywords:   flirtation, seduction, imitation, parody, mimesis

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