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Writing the Love of BoysOrigins of Bish nen Culture in Modernist Japanese Literature$
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Jeffrey Angles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669691

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669691.001.0001

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(Re)Discovering Same-Sex Love

(Re)Discovering Same-Sex Love

Ranpo and the Creation of Queer History

Chapter:
(p.143) 4 (Re)Discovering Same-Sex Love
Source:
Writing the Love of Boys
Author(s):

Jeffrey Angles

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669691.003.0005

This chapter traces the relationships Edogawa Ranpo forged in his search to better understand male–male desire. It explores Ranpo’s decision to write about same-sex desire in non-fictional essays. Essays allowed Ranpo to write in a more even-keeled fashion, freeing him from the genre-related demands of the mystery novel that would force him into either a negative portrayal or at the very best a pattern of code switching. Ranpo developed an interest in the literature of pre-Restoration Japan and ancient Greece, both of which offered stories of love and sexuality between men. He began to construct a history of same-sex desire that led him to assert the significance of male love in understanding world literature and history.

Keywords:   Edogawa Ranpo, male–male desire, same-sex desire, essays, sexuality, male love, world literature

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