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The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China (review)

The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China (review) 166 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 Tze-lan D. Sang. The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 392 pp. Hardcover $45.00, isbn 0­226­73748­1. Paperback $17.00, isbn 0­226­ 73480­3. In this book, which is based on her Ph.D. thesis, Tze-lan D. Sang discusses the transformation of female-female relationships within a public discourse in a historical context. Covering a wide range of relationships, she describes the change in female-female intimacy from "feeling (qing) among sisters (jiemei) and friends" to "erotic desire (se)" (p. 5). Her research is centered on the significant changes related to ideas of gender and sex during the May Fourth era in 1919. She considers this crucial period within a wider range of historical and modern discourses of female-female desire: "What I am interested in are discourses in Chinese rather than a fixed physical space" (p. 12). Although this perhaps leaves her vulnerable to charges of arbitrariness in choosing certain discourses and omitting others, it is still a valid method of showing the variety and multiplicity of discourses; Sang is thus able to offer a more detailed analysis of periods such as "Premodern China" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China (review)

China Review International , Volume 11 (1) – Jan 18, 2004

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166 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 Tze-lan D. Sang. The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 392 pp. Hardcover $45.00, isbn 0­226­73748­1. Paperback $17.00, isbn 0­226­ 73480­3. In this book, which is based on her Ph.D. thesis, Tze-lan D. Sang discusses the transformation of female-female relationships within a public discourse in a historical context. Covering a wide range of relationships, she describes the change in female-female intimacy from "feeling (qing) among sisters (jiemei) and friends" to "erotic desire (se)" (p. 5). Her research is centered on the significant changes related to ideas of gender and sex during the May Fourth era in 1919. She considers this crucial period within a wider range of historical and modern discourses of female-female desire: "What I am interested in are discourses in Chinese rather than a fixed physical space" (p. 12). Although this perhaps leaves her vulnerable to charges of arbitrariness in choosing certain discourses and omitting others, it is still a valid method of showing the variety and multiplicity of discourses; Sang is thus able to offer a more detailed analysis of periods such as "Premodern China"

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 18, 2004

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