Desire and same-sex intimacies in Asia

Adrian Carton

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'Asia' comprises a huge area and a multiplicity of cultures and traditions. This chapter will confine itself to the three most influential cultural traditions in Asia: those of China, Japan and India. An exploration of political treatises, military histories, philosophical tracts, artistic representations and poetic works will reveal that ideas of love, romance, friendship, virtue and chivalry combined with expressions of homosexuality in different ways, but that they always formed an integral part of the way in which notions of masculinity and femininity were articulated and understood in prevailing religious traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGay life and culture
Subtitle of host publicationa world history
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThames and Hudson
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9780789315113
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • homosexuality - male history
  • lesbianism history
  • gay men history
  • lesbians history
  • gay men social life and customs
  • lesbians social life and customs
  • gay men in art
  • lesbians in art


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