The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis (Hardback)
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The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 07/01/2016
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The Wallflower Avant-Garde argues for the importance of a strain of modernist formalism based in ekphrasis, the literary imitation of the visual arts. Often associated with a conservative aesthetic of wholeness, permanence, and autonomy, ekphrastic writing also involves excess, failure, and mimesis, conjuring an aesthetic sense of closure and unity out of impossible imitations. This choreography of imitation and autonomy resonates with many of the foundational insights of queer theory: the way it situates identity as an effect of performativity, artifice, and mimesis. Unlike many queer theorists, however, this book insists that we value both the imitations and the aspirations that guide them, underlining not only the illusoriness of identity but also its allure. This more capacious formalism allows aspects of modernists aesthetic that have seemed regressive or repressive to be read as generative forms of stasis, quiet, reserve, shyness, and so on.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190202651
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 21 mm

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