Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 / Edition 1

Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 / Edition 1

by Gregory M. Pflugfelder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520251652

ISBN-13: 9780520251656

Pub. Date: 03/19/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


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

Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520251656
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/19/2007
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
411
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Note     xi
Introduction     1
Authorizing Pleasure: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Popular Discourse     23
Finding the Way     23
Youths, Lovers, Brothers, and Others     29
Contextualized Pleasures     44
The Boundaries of Shudo     63
The End of the Way     82
Policing the Perisexual: Male-Male Sexuality in Edo-Period Legal Discourse     97
Divine Pleasures/Devilish Pursuits     97
Outrageous Spectacles     105
Dangerous Liaisons     124
The View from Above     142
The Forbidden Chrysanthemum: Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Legal Discourse     146
The Origins of Civilization     146
Anal Violations     158
Enacting the Obscene (Or, Napoleon in Japan)     168
Penile Servitude     182
Toward the Margins: Male-Male Sexuality in Meiji Popular Discourse     193
Forgetting Edo     194
Encompassing the Margins     203
Roughnecks and Smoothies     212
Beautiful Boys     225
Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Pieriod Through the Early Twentieth Century     235
Healing Passions     235
The Nature of the Unnatural     240
Dichotomies of Love     251
Dissecting the Past, Diagnosing the Present     277
Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse     286
The New Language of Love     286
The Pervert Speaks     291
Ero-Guro Nanshoku     311
War and Aftermath     326
Coda: Historicizing Male-Male Sexuality in Japan     333
Bibliography     337
Index     371

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