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Queer China: Lesbian and Gay Literature and Visual Culture under Postsocialism

Bao, Hongwei



This book analyses queer cultural production in contemporary China to map the broad social transformations in gender, sexuality and desire. It examines queer literature and visual cultures in China’s post-Mao and postsocialist era to show how these diverse cultural forms and practices not only function as context-specific and culturally sensitive forms of social activism but also produce distinct types of gender and sexual subjectivities unique to China’s postsocialist conditions.

From poetry to papercutting art, from ‘comrade/gay literature’ to girls’ love fan fiction, from lesbian films to activist documentaries, and from a drag show in Shanghai to a public performance of a same-sex wedding in Beijing, the book reveals a queer China in all its ideological complexity and creative energy. Empirically rich and methodologically eclectic, Queer China skilfully weaves together historical and archival research, textual and discourse analysis, along with interviews and ethnography.

Breaking new ground and bringing a non-Western perspective to the fore, this transdisciplinary work contributes to multiple academic fields including literary and cultural studies, media and communication studies, film and screen studies, contemporary art, theatre and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies, China/Asia and Global South studies, cultural history and cultural geography, political theory and the study of social movements.


Bao, H. (2020). Queer China: Lesbian and Gay Literature and Visual Culture under Postsocialism. Routledge India.

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Mar 3, 2020
Online Publication Date May 11, 2020
Publication Date Jun 3, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2020
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Pages 214
ISBN 9780367462840
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