Hybrid Heroes

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:
Hybrid Heroes

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This chapter examines the so-called hybridization of the male protagonists in homoerotic fiction in late Imperial China. It analyzes several Qing fictional narratives including Cao Qujing's Nonsense and Xia Jingqu's Humble Words, suggesting that their male protagonists are anti-libertine, defenders of traditional Confucian values, and the inspirers of a cultural renewal. The chapter suggests that the critiques of masculinity running through eighteenth-century fiction took different directions and that different models of masculinity in turn generated different attitudes toward homoeroticism.

Keywords: male protagonists; homoerotic fiction; late Imperial China; Cao Qujing; Nonsense; Xia Jingqu; Humble Words; masculinity homoeroticism; anti-libertine; Confucian values

Chapter.  15026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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