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A comparison of the types of Male homosexuality in novels of Ming and Qing Dynasties

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2020, (48), pp.101-141
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2020..48.005
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : April 10, 2020
  • Accepted : May 12, 2020
  • Published : May 30, 2020

CHOI YOONJU 1

1숙명여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Homosexuality had existed for a long time, and became an important cultural phenomenon in Ming and Qing Dynasties. This trend affects the creation of novels, most of which reflect homosexuality. In the 20th century, there were more and more researches on literary works, so some researchers got remarkable achievements. Based on the previous research results, this paper analyze the types of homosexual stories in Ming and Qing novels. Through this research method, four types of stories are made, including literary style novels in Ming Dynasty, spoken language novels in Ming Dynasty, literary style novels in Qing Dynasty and spoken language novels in Qing Dynasty. In order to analyze the relationship between active characters and passive characters, compare and analyze various types of tables. The types of homosexuality in the literary style novels of Ming Dynasty showed the situation that the mainstream class liked beautiful teenagers at that time. The type of homosexuality in the spoken language novels of Ming Dynasty shows the relationship between Dalaoguan[大老官] and Xiaoguan[小官]. The type of homosexuality in literary style novels of Qing Dynasty shows the ideal love relationship of literati at that time. The types of homosexuality in spoken language novels are different from literary style novels in Qing Dynasty. In a word, through the analysis of homosexual types, can see that homosexual relationship at that time was dominated by active characters, top-down, unilateral and unfair sexual play.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.