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Cartographies of DesireMale-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950$
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Gregory Pflugfelder

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520209091

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520209091.001.0001

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Cartographies of Desire

Gregory M. Pflugfelder

University of California Press

This book describes the constructionist analysis of sexual cartographies. It offers a personal mapping of other people's mappings and investigates the construction of erotic desires and practices between males which is referred to as “male-male sexuality.” For the Japanese as in Western cultures, male-male relationships have been a key site over which sexual meanings have been challenged, although in historically distinct ways. The strikingness of male-male behavior within Japanese cultural ontology is illustrated by the fact that literally hundreds of categories and signifiers have emerged around it in the native languages over the centuries.

Keywords:   male-male sexuality, relationships, mapping, cartography

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