Event Title

From Cut-Sleeves to Prostitute: a Survey of Male Homosexuality in Ancient China

Presenter Information

Xiaojing Chen, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 146

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 11:30 AM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Even though homosexuality has been a controversial topic since the early contemporary China, it was practiced, appreciated, and even celebrated for over thousands of years. This research aims to provide a brief overview of male homosexual behavior in ancient China, to evaluate its development from the early dynasty, Zhou (1046 to 250 BCE), to the last empire, Qing (1644 to 1912 CE), and to scrutinize the reasons causing the dramatic alteration from extraordinarily liberal to excessively conservative. In order to examine the development in a historical spectrum, I refer to the Chinese literatures, paintings, philosophical ideas (Confucianism and Daoism), prevailing cultures, as well as politics. This paper not only serves as a survey of the history of male homosexuality, but also expounds how development took place in a certain time period.

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth Ketner

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. English Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

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493

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From Cut-Sleeves to Prostitute: a Survey of Male Homosexuality in Ancient China

Diamond 146

Even though homosexuality has been a controversial topic since the early contemporary China, it was practiced, appreciated, and even celebrated for over thousands of years. This research aims to provide a brief overview of male homosexual behavior in ancient China, to evaluate its development from the early dynasty, Zhou (1046 to 250 BCE), to the last empire, Qing (1644 to 1912 CE), and to scrutinize the reasons causing the dramatic alteration from extraordinarily liberal to excessively conservative. In order to examine the development in a historical spectrum, I refer to the Chinese literatures, paintings, philosophical ideas (Confucianism and Daoism), prevailing cultures, as well as politics. This paper not only serves as a survey of the history of male homosexuality, but also expounds how development took place in a certain time period.

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