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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 one seems to surrender. The counter-concept of flirtation has thus stood quietly to the side, never quite achieving the ... More

Keywords: flirtation, seduction, flirt, mimesis, poetic ambiguity, aesthetic pleasure, poetic playfulness, empty gesture, non-teleological power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823264896
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, editor
Humanities Program at Bogaziçi University

Barbara Natalie Nagel, editor
Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich

Lauren Shizuko Stone, editor
New York University

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