Friendship and Love

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:
Friendship and Love

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This chapter examines the concept of friendship in relation to love between men in late Imperial China. It argues that the very concept of love circulating in late Ming culture was fundamentally influenced by the chivalric ideal of friendship between two men and that the egalitarian homosocial model of male friendship played a crucial role in shaping the generic concept of romantic love, irrespective of the gender of the lovers involved. The chapter also details the intellectual context of the rise of the so-called cult of love in the late Ming period.

Keywords: male friendship; love between men; late Imperial China; Ming culture; chivalric ideal; homosocial model; romantic love; cult of love

Chapter.  16916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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