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Innocence and Rapture

The Erotic Child in Pater, Wilde, James, and Nabokov

Authors: Ohi, K.

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Taking as its focus the erotic child in decadent aesthetics, this book explores the sexual and political stakes of an aestheticistexperience of rapture. Ohi examines the power of the work of art to transport, to disorient, to move, to extort the equivocal pleasuresof self-loss. He also explores how the beautiful child offers partisans of 'art for art's sake' an emblem for the ecstatic and erotic, even the queer possibilities of art. Aestheticism's erotic child is thus in stark contrast to the innocent child of today's ideology, who secures the claims of identity against the very disorientations celebrated by aestheticism. Articulating aesthetic transport through the desiring and desired child, aestheticism interrogates the ideology underpinning sexual oppression.

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KEVIN OHI is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College, USA.

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"Beautiful, judicious, and finely wrought. Ohi s wonderfully absorbing study shows how 'style' and 'the child' are wed to each other in famous aestheticizing texts: both are a kind of erotic allure, an occasion for rapture, that thwarts assigned cultural contents and luxuriates in disorientations. This is a smart, agile argument, in a book as rigorous as it is relevant to current cultural panics over childhood. With an intelligence as expansive as the sexual possibilities he considers, Ohi drops deep anchors into texts that repay our attention with broad theoretical and political concerns. Keenly, we are shown why embracing the child (with its belligerent mysteries attached to its wandering sexualities) demands the close, imaginative readings Kevin Ohi so brilliantly performs. A distinguished achievement." - Kathryn Stockton, The University of Utah

"We've been blessed in the last decade with several distinguished and profitably subversive books investigating the eroticism evoked by and manufactured into the figure of the child. Kevin Ohi's is the finest of these. The only thing wrong with this book is the modesty of the title, which may not suggest the extraordinary originality and sweep of this irresistibly precise and witty study. We often speak of daring work as "unsettling," and certainly that word could be used here, but Ohi is much more than a rattler. He expands our vision and knowledge, writes not only with precision but generosity, doesn't so much explain as make possible. Ohi is the once-in-the-bluest-moon intellectual who cannot help being persuasive and, in my view, right. He makes us all so much smarter than we were, than we have any right to be." - James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Innocence and Rapture
Book Subtitle
The Erotic Child in Pater, Wilde, James, and Nabokov
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7855-4
DOI
10.1057/9781403978554
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6976-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53147-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 226
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