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Cartographies of desire [electronic resource] : male-male sexuality in Japanese discourse, 1600-1950 /
Gregory M. Pflugfelder.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1999.
description
xi, 399 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520209095 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1999.
isbn
0520209095 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8410447
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-369) and index.
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"A remarkable and sorely needed synthesis of the best of traditional historiographical documentation and critically astute analysis and contextualization.Cartographiescomplements and, frankly, exceeds any of the English language monographs on similar topics that precede it, and it represents significant contributions to several fields outside of East Asian history, including literature, gender studies, lesbian and gay studies, and cultural studies."--Earl Jackson Jr., author ofStrategies of Deviance: Studies in Gay male RepresentationandFantastic Living: The Speculative Autobiographies of Samuel R. Delany
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"A remarkable and sorely needed synthesis of the best of traditional historiographical documentation and critically astute analysis and contextualization. Cartographies complements and, frankly, exceeds any of the English language monographs on similar topics that precede it, and it represents significant contributions to several fields outside of East Asian history, including literature, gender studies, lesbian and gay studies, and cultural studies."--Earl Jackson Jr., author of Strategies of Deviance: Studies in Gay male Representation and Fantastic Living: The Speculative Autobiographies of Samuel R. Delany
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-07-01:
Among the increasing number of valuable studies of same-sex relations in Japanese history, Pflugfelder's study is bound to become one of the most important. Pflugfelder examines his subject in three eras: Edo (1600-1868); Meiji (1868-1912); and the prewar/wartime period (1912-1950). He is less interested in specific sexual practices than in the discourses about them, through which they were characterized and constructed. Within this framework, the text examines three different registers of discourse--the popular, the legal, and the medical--and argues that although all three are important in each of the periods surveyed, each period also has a characteristic register that dominates: for Edo, the popular; for Meiji, the legal; and for the modern period, the medical. Popular discourse about same-sex relations between men gets full chapter treatment for all three periods. Legal discourse is covered in chapters on the Edo and Meiji periods. Medical discourse receives chapter-length treatment only for the modern period, consistent with the author's finding that this particular discursive register simply was not significant enough in the earlier two periods to merit extended discussion. The study will be valuable not only for students of Japanese history, but also for readers interested in gender studies and cultural theory. All levels. C. L. Yates; Earlham College
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Long Description
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.
Main Description
A sophisticated analysis of the discourse of homosexuality in three centuries of Japanese legal, cultural, and medical texts.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Note
Introduction
Authorizing Pleasure: Male-Male Sexuality In Edo-Period Popular Discourse
Policing the Perisexual: Male-Male Sexuality In Edo-Period Legal Discourse
The Forbidden Chrysanthemum: Male-Male Sexuality In Meiji Legal Discourse
Toward the Margins: Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Popular Discourse
Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality In Medical Discourse From the Edo Period Through the Early Twentieth Century
Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality In Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse
Bibliography
Index
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