Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
FlirtationsRhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 April 2019

Learning to Flirt with Don Juan

Learning to Flirt with Don Juan

(p.91) Learning to Flirt with Don Juan

Christophe Koné

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a response to Barbara Vinke’s contribution “Frill and Flirtation: Femininity in the Public Space.”. Contrary to Vinken’s claim, the author of this chapter says that the United States has a very flirtatious culture. He cannot count the numerous times when he has been approached by perfect strangers who commented on his appearance, approved of his outfits, shared their unsolicited opinion about his style, or simply inquired about the provenance of his clothes. He further argues that flirtation is by definition neither a sincere nor a serious act; it is casual, even superficial, and fundamentally playful, which is the reason why flirting can be deceitful. Since flirtation always keeps things in play, the fear of misunderstanding the rules of the game or simply not playing by the rules always lurks. The remainder of the chapter discusses Molière’s 1665 play, Don Juan or the Feast with the Statue.

Keywords:   flirtation, United States, deceit, Molière, Don Juan

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .