Sexual Life in Ancient China: A Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society from Ca. 1500 B.C. Till 1644 A.D.
In 1961 Robert van Gulik published his pioneering overview of Sexual Life in Ancient China. This edition of the work is preceded by an elaborate introduction by Paul Rakita Goldin assessing the value of Van Gulik's volume, the subject itself, and its author.
The introduction is followed by an extensive and up-to-date bibliography on the subject, which guides the modern reader in the
literature on the field which appeared after the publication of Van Gulik's volume.
One of the criticisms in 1961 regarded the Latin translations of passages deemed too explicit by Van Gulik.
In this 2002 edition all Latin has for the first time been translated into unambiguous English, thus making the full text widely available to an academic audience.
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Review: Sexual Life in Ancient China : a Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society from Ca. 1500 BC Till 1644 AD / by RH Van Gulik ; with a New Introduction and Bibliography by Paul R. GoldinUser Review - Ivan - Goodreads
An excellent pioneering study of the courtship, romance, sexual relationships and women's destinies in Imperial China. Perhaps this volume would have benefitted from additional references regarding early (BCE) Chinese historical figures, set in the same format as for the litterary ones. Read full review
Later Chou Dynasty 770222 B C
THE GROWING EMPIRE
Later Han Dynasty 25220 A D
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