A Third Gender : Beautiful Youth in Japanese Edo-period Prints (1600-1868)
by Joshua S. Mostow and Asato Ikeda and Ryoko Matsuba


Overview - Gender relations were complex in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Wakashu , male youths, were desired by men and women, constituting a "third gender" with their androgynous appearance and variable sexuality. For the first time outside Japan, A Third Gender examines the fascination with wakashu in Edo-period culture and their visual representation in art, demonstrating how they destabilize the conventionally held model of gender binarism.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Gender relations were complex in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Wakashu, male youths, were desired by men and women, constituting a "third gender" with their androgynous appearance and variable sexuality. For the first time outside Japan, A Third Gender examines the fascination with wakashu in Edo-period culture and their visual representation in art, demonstrating how they destabilize the conventionally held model of gender binarism.

The volume will reproduce, in colour, over a hundred works, mostly woodblock prints and illustrated books from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries produced by a number of designers ranging from such well-known artists as Okumura Masanobu, Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro and Utagawa Kunisada, to lesser known artists such as Shigemasa, Eishi and Eiri. A Third Gender is based on the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art in Canada, including more than 2,500 woodblock prints.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780888545145
  • ISBN-10: 0888545142
  • Publisher: Hotei Pub
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 215
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 9.75 x 11.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.75 pounds


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