A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings (1600-1868)

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings (1600-1868)

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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.
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  • Paperback | 215 pages
  • 243.84 x 294.64 x 17.78mm | 1,243g
  • Canada
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0888545142
  • 9780888545145
  • 755,053

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