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

Brian Glavey


This book 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 nonetheless also involves excess, failure, and mimesis, conjuring an aesthetic sense of closure and unity out of impossible imitations. This book suggests that this particular interplay between 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 mi ... More

Keywords: modernism, queer theory, aesthetics, formalism, ekphrasis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190202651
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Glavey, author
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina