By Gary Leupp
Tokugawa Japan ranks with historical Athens as a society that not just tolerated, yet celebrated, male gay habit. Few students have heavily studied the topic, and beforehand none have satisfactorily defined the origins of the culture or elucidated how its conventions mirrored classification constitution and gender roles. Gary P. Leupp fills the distance with a dynamic exam of the origins and nature of the culture. in response to a wealth of literary and ancient documentation, this learn locations Tokugawa homosexuality in an international context, exploring its implications for modern debates at the ancient development of sexual desire.
Combing via renowned fiction, legislation codes, non secular works, scientific treatises, biographical fabric, and inventive remedies, Leupp lines the origins of pre-Tokugawa gay traditions between clergymen and samurai, then describes the emergence of gay practices between commoners in Tokugawa towns. He argues that it was once "nurture" instead of "nature" that accounted for such conspicuous male/male sexuality and that bisexuality was once extra well-known than homosexuality. certain, thorough, and extremely readable, this examine is the 1st in English or jap to deal with so comprehensively probably the most complicated and interesting elements of jap historical past.
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Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan by Gary Leupp