By Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz
What is flirtation, and the way does it fluctuate from seduction?
In historic phrases, the actual query of flirtation has tended to be obscured via that of seduction, which has understandably been an important preoccupation for twentieth-century proposal and demanding idea. either the discourse and the critique of seduction are unified through their shared obsession with a truly determinate finish: strength. by contrast, flirtation is the sport within which not anyone turns out to achieve the higher hand and not anyone turns out to surrender. The counter-concept of flirtation has therefore stood quietly to the aspect, by no means rather attaining a similar prominence as that of seduction. It is that this elusive (and principally missed) territory of taking part in for play's sake that's the topic of this anthology.
The essays during this quantity tackle the under-theorized terrain of flirtation now not as a subgenre of seduction yet quite as a phenomenon in its personal correct. Drawing at the interdisciplinary heritage of scholarship on flirtation at the same time it re-approaches the query from a highly aesthetic and literary-theoretical perspective, the individuals to Flirtations thus give an account of the perform of flirtation and of the determine of the flirt, taking on the act's courting to problems with mimesis, poetic ambiguity, and aesthetic pleasure. The paintings of this poetic playfulness-often learn or misinterpret as flirtation's "empty gesture"-becomes all of sudden legible because the wielding of a selected and sophisticated type of nonteleological power.
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Eleven it's worthy watching the similarity among the scene with M. Dimanche and the former one with Charlotte for the reason that Don Juan makes use of an analogous tactic in either: He praises his interlocutors’ actual visual appeal (the fantastic thing about the peasant woman and the energy of the shopkeeper), yet he does so for the spectator’s leisure, and hence eventually on the rate of those silly characters. studying TO FLIRT WITH DON JUAN ninety seven in the course of the play Don Juan takes nice excitement within the linguistic functionality of flirtation. Molière’s maxim of comedian flirtation would appear to be: He who in his speech can stroll the road of seduction with no crossing it's going to have loads of enjoyable in flirtation, while he who can't learn among the strains of flirtatious speak could be made enjoyable of. targeting Don Juan’s sequence of damaged offers in addition to their linguistic implications within the play, Shoshana Felman within the Literary Speech Act issues out the next: “The wish of a Don Juan is therefore immediately hope for wish and wish for language; a hope that wishes itself and that wants its personal language. Speech is the real realm of eroticism, and never easily a way to entry this realm. ”12 An anterior scene depicts Don Juan stuck in his personal flirting online game and now entangled with peasant women quarrelling over which one should be his promised. Pressed via either Charlotte and Mathurine to inform the reality, a vexed Don Juan solutions, “Argument leads nowhere. It’s deeds that count number, no longer words,” ahead of resuming his alternating flirtation with the 2 women: “[aside to Mathurine] i like you. [aside to Charlotte] i'm yours endlessly. [aside to Mathurine] All different faces are grotesque along with yours. [aside to Charlotte] it might be very unlikely to like someone else when you. ”13 studying Molière’s Don Juan throughout the lens of Austin’s speech act concept, Felman observes, “What is admittedly at stake within the play—the actual conflict—is, in truth, the competition among perspectives of language, one who is cognitive, or constative, and one other that's performative. ”14 in contrast to his sufferers and pursuers within the comedy, who view language as a vessel of fact and data, “language, for Don Juan is performative and never informative; it's a box of pleasure, no longer of data. ”15 even if Felman doesn't differentiate among seduction and flirtation in her research of Molière’s comedy (and as a result regards its major protagonist basically as a seducer), her exam is however instrumental to my analyzing of him as a flirt. i need to nuance Felman’s interpretation, seeing that Molière’s play provides a couple of situations the place Don Juan’s seductive strength isn't really really but in complete swing yet in which his flirtation is on complete demonstrate, as in his 98 CHRISTOPHE KONÉ interactions with Charlotte, Mathurine, and M. Dimanche. If the idiosyncrasy of Don Juan as seducer, in line with Felman, lies in his misuse or abuse of performative speech within the type of (unkept) offers with which he continually will get away (and will get his way), then i'd boost that Don Juan as flirt plays the very clash of the play, that's, the antagonism among constative and performative speech acts.