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Lost bodies [electronic resource] : prostitution and masculinity in Chinese fiction / by Paola Zamperini.

Author/Creator:
Zamperini, Paola.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (250 p.)
Series:
Women and gender in China studies ; v. 3.
Women and gender in China studies, 1877-5772 ; v. 3
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Subjects:
Prostitution -- China -- History.
Prostitutes -- China -- History.
Prostitutes in literature -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This important contribution to the study of early modern Chinese fiction and representation of gender relations focuses on literary representations of the prostitute produced in the Ming and Qing periods. Following her heavily symbolic body, the present work maps this fictional heroine's journey from innocence to sex-work and beyond. This crucial angle allows the author to paint a picture of gender identity, sexuality, and desire that is at once unitary and multi-layered, and that comes to illuminate some of the major themes in the construction of Chinese modernity.
Contents:
Paradise lost : the fantastic childhood of a courtesan to be
Lost and found : the socialization of the prostituted body
Family matters : patterns of solidarity and discord in the brothel
Nobody's son : prostitution and the disintegration of the family romance
Taking flight poverty, sickness, and death
Epilogue : back to the future : nostalgia and prostitution.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-282-95122-X
9786612951220
90-474-4408-6
OCLC:
695988830
Publisher Number:
10.1163/ej.9789004179783.i-238 DOI