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RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelFlirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction | Department of Comparative Literature | NYU
BeschreibungPoetics and Theory/Comparative Literature Workshop sponsored by the Humanities Initiative (New York University). Organized by Lauren Shizuko Stone, Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel (

Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction
Workshop, March, 3rd 2012
New York University,
19 University Place,
Great Room

10:30 Opening Remarks,
Lauren Shizuko Stone, Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel

10:45-12:15 Paul Fleming (Cornell), Coquetry without End (Simmel)
Respondent: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (NYU)

John Hamilton (Harvard), Caillois and Psychasthenia
Respondent: Sage Anderson (NYU)

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Rüdiger Campe (Yale), Rhetoric’s Flirtation with Literature, from Aristotle to Quintilian: the Epideictic Genre
Respondent: Arne Höcker (NYU)

Elisabeth Strowick (Johns Hopkins), Life is a Flirtation: Felix Krull (T. Mann)
Respondent: Lauren Shizuko Stone (NYU)

3:00-3:15 Coffee break

3:30-5:00 Jacques Lezra (NYU), Doing it as the Beasts Do (Jensen, Freud)
Respondent: Barbara Natalie Nagel (NYU)

Barbara Vinken (LMU/NYU), Frill and Flirtation. Femininity in the Public Space
Respondent: Erica Weitzman (NYU)

Workshop description
The concept of seduction, from its origins in Christian moralism to its reframing in the critique of 20th century mass politics, has a long history as an object of theoretical fascination and ambivalence. It is not hard to grasp that even the most sober or demystifying critiques of seduction may betray a fascination with power; the enlightener or critical theorist may ultimately, with varying degrees of explicitness or self-reflection, aim to reappropriate some of the dark powers of seduction. Arguably obscured in this long history of fascination with power is the counter-concept of flirtation, an elusive, structurally difficult concept at once proximate to and distinct from that of seduction.
The workshop Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction aims to begin to redress this state of affairs, setting out from a question in the form of an analogy: Is flirtation to seduction as aesthetics is to rhetoric? The argument for such an analogy would run as follows: if seduction, like rhetoric, uses techne to move or sway towards a determinate end, flirting, like objects of aesthetic judgment, would be endless [zwecklos]. Thus in flirting, as in aesthetics, techne as such would become the primary object of inquiry.
On this account, the concept of flirtation is burdened by problems similar to those that dog the concept of the aesthetic: in ethico-political terms, there is a risk of idealizing flirtation as that which is apart from power or ideology; in epistemological terms, the thematization of techne as an object of knowledge may turn out to be self-defeating or even infinitely regressive, as the non-purposive how of techne all but inevitably becomes a what, a telos of its own. Far from being analytically debilitating, however, these difficulties afflicting the very concept of flirtation constitute the very substance of the theoretical problematic the proposed volume aims to take up. Indeed, it may prove to be the case that the analysis of the history and theory of flirtation ultimately yields insights into subtle forms of power or violence that cannot be grasped through the teleologically oriented concept of seduction.
Moreover, though the analogy provides us with a conceptual starting point, the relation between flirtation and aesthetics may prove to be more than analogical. First, the history of literature is a privileged site for the reflection upon and even the constitution of social mores (les moeurs, Sitten). But second, against the grain of this socio-anthropological account, the literary representation of flirtation may turn out as well to be an instance of literary self-reflection – in short, flirtation as a topos that allows literature to allegorize its own rhetorical technicity. It is finally this doubled epistemic significance that may make flirtation such a rich and complex object of inquiry.
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VeranstaltungsortNew York
PersonName: Barbara Natalie Nagel 
Funktion: Organisatorin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: New York University, German Department 
Strasse/Postfach: 19 University Place 
Postleitzahl: 10003 
Stadt: New York 
Telefon: 718.501.2797 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeSprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Sprachphilosophie / Kommunikationstheorie (Sprachtheorie, Sprachbegriffe); Literaturwissenschaft; Genderforschung; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literaturpsychologie; Literatursoziologie; Rhetorik
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