CARTOGRAPHIES OF DESIRE: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950, by Gregory M. Pflugfelder. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999, 200 pp., unpriced.

As the author of this detailed, closely reasoned and beautifully written study reminds us, “Rather than sexual practice, this book is a study primarily of sexual discourse. I am concerned here, in other words, less with the sorts of sexual acts that people engaged in, than with how they wrote and spoke about these acts and the meaning that they attached to them.”

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