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Literary Intimacies

Wenqing Kang

in Obsession

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099807
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099807.003.0004
Literary Intimacies

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Literary works of both major and minor writers such as Yu Dafu, Ye Dingluo, Guo Moruo, Huang Shenzhi, and Ye Lingfend represent intimate relations between men during the 1920s and the 1930s. Historians and literary critics from China and the United States have largely ignored writings on male same-sex relations. It is, however, important that these writings be restored since these account for a period in modern Chinese history in which male same-sex love encouraged different social ideas and enabled the development of different meanings of homosexuality. Along with the protest against arranged marriage, male same-sex love challenged sexual and social morality constraints. These concepts were either viewed as a foundation for a utopian vision, or as an evil practice. Literary writers were also able to express their sadness towards the Chinese empire's decline through male same-sex love's ephemeral quality.

Keywords: literary works; ephemeral quality; homosexuality meanings; social imaginings; utopian vision; social morality; sexual morality; Chinese empire

Chapter.  10706 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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