In this study of the mapping and remapping of male-male sexuality over four centuries of Japanese history, Gregory Pflugfelder explores the languages of medicine, law and popular culture from the 17th century through the American Occupation. The text opens with speculations about how an Edo translator might grapple with a 20th-century text on homosexuality, then turns to law, literature, newspaper articles, medical tracts, and other sources to discover Japanese attitudes toward sexuality over the centuries. During each of three major eras, the text argues, one field dominated discourse on male-male sexual relations: popular culture in the Edo period (1600-1868), jurisprudence in the Meiji period (1868-1912), and medicine in the 20th century.
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Gregory M. Pflugfelder is Assistant Professor of Japanese History at Columbia University, and author of Seiji to daidokoro (Politics of the kitchen) (1986).