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

Gregory Pflugfelder


In this study of the mapping and remapping of male-male sexuality over four centuries of Japanese history, the book explores the languages of medicine, law, and popular culture from the seventeenth century through the American Occupation. The book 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, it argues, one field dominated discourse ... More

Keywords: Japan, homosexuality, Japanese discourse, male-male sexuality, medicine, law, popular culture, Edo, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520209091
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Pflugfelder, author