Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan

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University of Hawaii Press, 2003 - Fiction - 247 pages
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Lesbian and gay - or queer - fiction (known in Mandarin as tongzhi wenxue) constitutes a major contribution to Taiwanese literature, as evidenced by the remarkable number of prestigious literary awards won by many of the authors of the short stories presented here. Indeed, the meteoric rise of this new genre was a defining feature of Taiwan's literary scene in the 1990s. Queer fiction was also instrumental in forming self-identifying subcultural gry readerships, thus serving a significant political function. But most strikingly, this fiction has been immensely popular with general readers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as well as in diasporic Chinese communities worldwide. The startlingly fresh, brave voices that speak through these stories attest to the powerful social ferment of the past ten years in Taiwan, which have witnessed a revolution in discourses on sex and sexuality in the public sphere.
 

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Contents

PLATONIC HAIR
51
A STORY OF SPRING BUTTERFLIES
75
STONES ON THE SHORE
95
THE BOY
127
SEARCHING FOR
167
POEM FROM THE GLASS WOMB
189
A STRANGERS ID
213
ROSE IS THE PAST TENSE OF RISE
221
CHINESE TITLES
247
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Fran Martin, University of Melbourne, is the author of "Situating Sexualities: Queer Representation in Taiwanese Fiction, Film, and Public Culture." Peter A. Jackson, Australian National University, is the author of "Lady Boys, Tom Boys, Rent Boys: Male and Female Homosexualities in Contemporary Thailand." Mark McLelland, University of Wollongong, Australia, is the author of "Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan." Audrey Yue, University of Melbourne, is coeditor of "Mobile Cultures: New Media in Queer Asia.

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