By Michael Moon
Moon illuminates the careers of James, Warhol, and others through reading the imaginitive investments in their protogay childhoods of their paintings in ways in which let new, extra advanced cultural readings. He deftly engages notions of initiation and wish no longer in the conventional framework of “sexual orientation” yet during the disorienting results of imitation. no matter if invoking the artist Joseph Cornell’s early fascination with the good Houdini or turning his recognition to James’s self-described “initiation into kind” on the age of twelve—when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in work through David, Géricault, and Girodet—Moon finds how the works of those artists emerge from an engagement that's obsessive to the purpose of “queerness.”
Rich in ancient element and insistent in its melding of the new with the distant, the literary with the visible, the preferred with the elite, A Small Boy and Others offers a hitherto unimagined culture of courageous and outrageous queer invention. This long-awaited contribution from Moon may be welcomed by way of all these engaged in literary, cultural, and queer studies.
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