Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Writing the Love of BoysOrigins of Bish nen Culture in Modernist Japanese Literature$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeffrey Angles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669691

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669691.001.0001

Show Summary Details

(Re)Discovering Same-Sex Love

(Re)Discovering Same-Sex Love

Ranpo and the Creation of Queer History

(p.143) 4 (Re)Discovering Same-Sex Love
Writing the Love of Boys

Jeffrey Angles

University of Minnesota Press

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

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.