Libertine Masculinity

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:
Libertine Masculinity

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This chapter, which examines the concept of the so-called libertine masculinity in late Imperial China by analyzing pornographic novels of the period, traces the rise and decline of the narrative trope of the libertine and highlights the changing standards of masculinity from the late Ming to the mid-Qing periods. It describes the protagonists and the narrative of several pornographic fictions including A Crazed Lady, The Plum in the Golden Vase, and A Libertine's Story.

Keywords: libertine masculinity; late Imperial China; pornographic fiction; Ming period; Crazed Lady; Golden Vase; Libertine's Story

Chapter.  17161 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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