Chapter

Introduction

in The Libertine's Friend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780226857923
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226857954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226857954.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the relation between masculinity and homosexuality in late Imperial China. The book considers gender and sexuality as intertwined phenomena, and explores ideas on, and representations of, both homosexual and homosocial relations, and the areas in which the two intersect or overlap. It highlights the prominence of male homosexuality in late Imperial erotic fiction and suggests that this was consistently fed by the visible presence of male prostitution.

Keywords: masculinity; homosexuality; late Imperial China; gender; sexuality; homosocial relations; erotic fiction; male prostitution

Chapter.  5961 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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