By Michael Moon
Moon illuminates the careers of James, Warhol, and others by way of studying the innovative investments in their protogay childhoods of their paintings in ways in which allow new, extra complicated cultural readings. He deftly engages notions of initiation and wish no longer in the conventional framework of “sexual orientation” yet in the course of the disorienting results of imitation. even if invoking the artist Joseph Cornell’s early fascination with the nice Houdini or turning his awareness to James’s self-described “initiation into variety” on the age of twelve—when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in work via 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 historic aspect and insistent in its melding of the hot 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 should be welcomed via all these engaged in literary, cultural, and queer studies.
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