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The first detailed treatment of the Chinese homosexual tradition in any Western language, Passions of the Cut Sleeve shatters preconceptions and stereotypes. Gone is the image of the sternly puritanical Confucian as sole representative of Chinese sexual practices—and with it the justification for the modern Chinese insistence that homosexuality is a recent import from theThe first detailed treatment of the Chinese homosexual tradition in any Western language, Passions of the Cut Sleeve shatters preconceptions and stereotypes. Gone is the image of the sternly puritanical Confucian as sole representative of Chinese sexual practices—and with it the justification for the modern Chinese insistence that homosexuality is a recent import from the decadent West. Rediscovering the male homosexual tradition in China provides a startling new perspective on Chinese society and adds richly to our understanding of homosexuality.Bret Hinsch's reconstruction of the Chinese homosexual past reveals unexpected scenes. An emperor on his deathbed turns over the seals of the empire to a male beloved; two men marry each other with elaborate wedding rituals; parents sell their son into prostitution. The tradition portrays men from all levels of society—emperors, transvestite actors, rapists, elegant scholars, licentious monks, and even the nameless poor.Drawing from dynastic histories, erotic novels, popular Buddhist tracts, love poetry, legal cases, and joke books, Passions of the Cut Sleeve evokes the complex and fascinating male homosexual tradition in China from the Bronze Age until its decline in recent times....

Title : Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China
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ISBN : 9780520078697
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China Reviews

  • Aneko
    2019-03-26 09:31

    So, I've read this book... I think about four, five times? And I regret nothing. It was an interesting read and I am glad that I could use this gem of a book as a reference for my seminar paper.

  • Chloe Simpson
    2019-03-11 13:50

    Without this book I would have no idea that male homosexuality was a part of ancient Chinese court life. It is unfortunate that much less information is know about common people and about female homosexuality but Hinsch seemed to provide everything available and analyzed it fairly. This book is a great supplement to my knowledge of history and has encouraged me to read more Chinese literature and to find out about homosexuality in the history of other places such as Japan. Thoroughly enjoyable read, it is written from a very professional standpoint so there is no particular voice or connection with the author. It is purely academic which is to be expected because it is a study. Overall it is a very interesting read and I'm sure that I will have to reference it at some point since most people, even Chinese people, are ignorant of homosexual tradition in ancient China.

  • Matimate
    2019-03-22 07:49

    It is very interesting probe in to the history of homosexuality in China. The short stories are accompanied with detailed commentary upon each story and the customs connected to view of homosexuality in China. The book is not meant to tell any particular story but to bring the picture of homosexual life in China. The subculture was flourishing during various epochs of Chinese Empire. The male love is described among various persons from emperor, to monk, to scholar and even to the poor. The name of the book came from particular story when Emperor and his lover rested together and eventually fell asleep, but the Emperor had to go. He cut his sleeve in order not to wake up his lover. Thus the love among the males were called passion of the cut sleeve.

  • Jeffrey Powanda
    2019-03-02 14:39

    Trailblazing study of the homosexual tradition in China from the ancient Zhou dynasty until the end of the Qing dynasty in the early twentieth century. For my complete review, see https://wp.me/p9w4kV-4z.

  • Stephen Yoder
    2019-03-01 11:25

    Mind-blowing book I read in college about homosexuals in Classical China. Rather difficult to distill into a few words, but the Classical Chinese concept of what homosexuality meant is quite different than today's Western constructs, in a word.

  • Grace
    2019-03-24 12:30

    i liked this book when i read it but i was laughed to scorn when i referenced it in class so..... i think the methodology is like flawed or whatever idk

  • mlady_rebecca
    2019-03-04 12:46

    A book I bought back in 2007, but never read. The interest that had me buying the book has waned. No interest in reading it anymore. Gathering it for charity.