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Reinventing Licentiousness: Pornography and Modern China

Y. Yvon Wang


This book navigates an overlooked history of representation during the transition from the Qing Empire to the Chinese Republic — a time when older, hierarchical notions of licentiousness were overlaid by a new, pornographic regime. The book draws on previously untapped archives to argue that pornography in China represents a unique configuration of power and desire that both reflects and shapes historical processes. On the one hand, since the late imperial period, pornography has democratized pleasure in China and opened up new possibilities of imagining desire. On the other, ongoing controver ... More

Keywords: Qing Empire, Chinese Republic, pornography, licentiousness, China, sexual desire, capitalism, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752971
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Y. Yvon Wang, author
University of Toronto