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Cartographies of Desire : Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 - Gregory M. Pflugfelder

Cartographies of Desire

Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950

Paperback Published: 19th March 2007
ISBN: 9780520251656
Number Of Pages: 410

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In this sweeping study of the mapping and remapping of male-male sexuality over four centuries of Japanese history, Gregory Pflugfelder explores the languages of medicine, law, and popular culture from the seventeenth century through the American Occupation.
Pflugfelder opens with fascinating speculations about how an Edo translator might grapple with a twentieth-century text on homosexuality, then turns to law, literature, newspaper articles, medical tracts, and other sources to discover Japanese attitudes toward sexuality over the centuries. During each of three major eras, he argues, one field dominated discourse on male-male sexual relations: popular culture in the Edo period (1600-1868), jurisprudence in the Meiji period (1868-1912), and medicine in the twentieth century.
This multidisciplinary and theoretically engaged analysis will interest not only students and scholars of Japan but also readers of gay studies, literary studies, gender studies, and cultural studies.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Notep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Authorizing Pleasure: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Popular Discoursep. 23
Finding the Wayp. 23
Youths, Lovers, Brothers, and Othersp. 29
Contextualized Pleasuresp. 44
The Boundaries of Shudop. 63
The End of the Wayp. 82
Policing the Perisexual: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Legal Discoursep. 97
Divine Pleasures/Devilish Pursuitsp. 97
Outrageous Spectaclesp. 105
Dangerous Liaisonsp. 124
The View from Abovep. 142
The Forbidden Chrysanthemum: Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Legal Discoursep. 146
The Origins of Civilizationp. 146
Anal Violationsp. 158
Enacting the Obscene (Or, Napoleon in Japan)p. 168
Penile Servitudep. 182
Toward the Margins: Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Popular Discoursep. 193
Forgetting Edop. 194
Encompassing the Marginsp. 203
Roughnecks and Smoothiesp. 212
Beautiful Boysp. 225
Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Pieriod Through the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 235
Healing Passionsp. 235
The Nature of the Unnaturalp. 240
Dichotomies of Lovep. 251
Dissecting the Past, Diagnosing the Presentp. 277
Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discoursep. 286
The New Language of Lovep. 286
The Pervert Speaksp. 291
Ero-Guro Nanshokup. 311
War and Aftermathp. 326
Coda: Historicizing Male-Male Sexuality in Japanp. 333
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780520251656
ISBN-10: 0520251652
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 19th March 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.56

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