spoony

(redirected from spooniness)

spoon·y

also spoon·ey  (spo͞o′nē)
adj. spoon·i·er, spoon·i·est
1. Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.
2. Feebly sentimental; gushy.

spoony

(ˈspuːnɪ) or

spooney

adj, spoonier or spooniest
foolishly or stupidly amorous
n, pl spoonies
a fool or silly person, esp one in love

spoon•y

or spoon•ey

(ˈspu ni)

adj. spoon•i•er, spoon•i•est. Informal.
1. sentimentally amorous.
2. foolish; silly.
[1805–15]
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Of particular value are Preston's analysis of Gilbert's "spooniness" (itself a charmingly antiquated and potentially obscure term); his reiteration of Paul Eggert's argument that Lawrence adopts a self-protective stance in the novel against the condemnatory "readiness" of censors and critics, although "at the same time he finds a way to strike back and to assert his ownership of the novel"; and Preston's effective outline of the autobiographical elements situating Mr Noon as a novel of imperfect reminiscence that remained stylistically detached and ultimately abandoned.
The "more or less spoony" aesthetic project of For the Pleasure of His Company operates at the intersection of sentimental style and a love plot structured by serial monogamy between men where "nobody shall be really in love." Spooniness allows Stoddard to stand to one side of a plot focused on a pair of lovers without using the novel to affirm the normative form of love that even queers have trouble troubling these days.
In 1798, and with a spooniness of which not many Victorians would ever consider him capable, Thomas Malthus celebrated love at its most pure as that culminating glory which "scarcely a man who has once experienced [it]" does not regard "as the sunny spot in his whole life, where his imagination loves to bask." (1) Over the course of the nineteenth century, the quantity and popularity of lyric verse that seemed to hold out the hope of just such a basking in the sunshine of pure love increased as if in geometrical progression.