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October 22, 2008

A Roundtable on Gender Issues in Late Imperial China

Professor Giovanni Vitiello, University of Hawai’i
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 2-4 pm
Room 1644, School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University

Also on October 28, Professor Vitiello will be giving the Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture, same building, Room 1636, noon to 1 pm, entitled “Libertine Masculinity: Homosexuality and Homosociality in Late Imperial Pornographic Fiction.? The abstract for his talk reads: “This presentation focuses on the figure of the male libertine in pornographic fiction to argue that the boundaries of his sexuality and masculinity were drawn and redrawn, and in the process significantly altered, from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries. While pointing at a shift in the representation of masculinity and male-male sexuality in fiction, these developments might also signal an attempt to meet the new moral and legal standards of the mid-Qing period.? Professor Vitiello’s research and publications focus on late imperial Chinese fiction and the history of sexuality. He has just completed a book manuscript by the title of "The Libertine's Friend: Homosexuality and Masculinity in Late Imperial China–1550-1850."

Refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the China Interdisciplinary Workshop (CIW) and the East Asian Gender Forum (EAGF) at Rackham. Our thanks for the support of the Center for Chinese Studies and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. If you have questions, please contact David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu), faculty advisor of CIW, or Ying Zhang (yingaa@umich.edu) coordinator of EAGF.

Posted by zzhu at October 22, 2008 11:45 AM