The Male Romance

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:
The Male Romance

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This chapter examines the depiction of male romance in pornographic fiction of late Imperial China. It explains that male love had a central place in the 1792 romantic classic The Red Chamber Dream, which had a profound influence on the mid-nineteenth century male romance Precious Mirror for Ranking Flowers. The chapter argues that these two homoerotic fictions are linked by the notion of egalitarian love, which was influenced by the ideals of chivalric homosociality.

Keywords: male romance; pornographic fiction; late Imperial China; Red Chamber Dream; Precious Mirror; homoerotic fiction; egalitarian love; chivalric homosociality

Chapter.  14656 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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