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The Emerging Lesbian : Female Same-sex Desire in Modern China - Tze-Lan D. Sang

The Emerging Lesbian

Female Same-sex Desire in Modern China

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780226734804
Number Of Pages: 392

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In early twentieth-century China, age-old traditions of homosocial and homoerotic relationships between women suddenly became an issue of widespread public concern. Discussed formerly in terms of friendship and sisterhood, these relationships came to be associated with feminism, on the one hand, and psychobiological perversion, on the other--a radical shift whose origins have long been unclear.
In this first ever book-length study of Chinese lesbians, Tze-lan D. Sang convincingly ties the debate over female same-sex love in China to the emergence of Chinese modernity. As women's participation in social, economic, and political affairs grew, Sang argues, so too did the societal significance of their romantic and sexual relations. Focusing especially on literature by or about women-preferring women, Sang traces the history of female same-sex relations in China from the late imperial period (1600-1911) through the Republican era (1912-1949). She ends by examining the reemergence of public debate on lesbians in China after Mao and in Taiwan after martial law, including the important roles played by globalization and identity politics.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Premodern China
Revisiting Premodern Chinese Female-Female Relationsp. 37
Odd Girls in Pu Songling's Tales of the Strangep. 66
Republican China
Translating Homosexuality: The Discourse of Tongxing ai in Republican Chinap. 99
Female Same-Sex Love in May Fourth Fictionp. 127
China After Mao
The Brave New World of Post-Mao China: An Overviewp. 163
Lin Bai's Narratives of Female Homoerotic Desirep. 175
Gender-Transcendent Consciousness and Private Lifep. 200
Taiwan After Martial Law
Lesbian Activism in the Mediated Public Spherep. 225
The Autobiographical Lesbianp. 255
Epiloguep. 275
Appendixp. 281
Notesp. 289
Select Glossary of Chinese Names and Termsp. 341
Select Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780226734804
ISBN-10: 0226734803
Series: Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 13.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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