Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

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Hong Kong University Press, Aug 1, 2011 - Social Science - 288 pages
Examining the deployments of gender and sexuality over the past five decades in Taiwan, this book chronicles a queer historiography that illuminates the production of sexual identities and the formation of sexual modernity. Through primary research and historical investigation, Hans Tao-Ming Huang offers a contextualised study of Pai Hsien-yung’s Crystal Boys, one of Taiwan’s first recognized gay novels, as he critically engages disparate discursive fields of dominant legal and medical discourses of sex, lesbian and gay activism, as well as mainstream feminist politics. He shows that the construction of male homosexuality as a term of social exclusion is historically linked to the state’s banning of prostitution, further delineating a moral-sexual order that has come to be buttressed by the hegemonic rise of anti-prostitution state feminism since the 1990s. In exploring the imbrications of male homosexuality, prostitution and feminism in Taiwanese national culture, Huang boldly ventures a politics of sexual dissidence that contests state-inspired heteronormativity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Mental Hygiene and the Regime of Sexuality
31
2 Prostitution Perversion and AIDS
53
3 State Power Prostitution and Sexual Order
83
4 From Glass Clique to Tongzhi Nation
113
5 Modernising Gender Civilising Sex
143
6 Mourning the Monogamous Ideal
173
Epilogue
201
Notes
207
Glossary of Special Names and Terms
239
Bibliography
247
Index
271
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Hans Tao-Ming Huang is an assistant professor in the English Department of National Central University, Taiwan, where he is also affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Sexualities.

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