A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings

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TITLE: A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings

AUTHOR: Joshua S. Mostow, Asato Ikeda

PUBLISHER: Royal Ontario Museum Press (1st Edition)

DIMENSIONS: 12 x 10 x 1 inches (softcover)

PAGES: 216

TEXT: English

CONDITION: Perfect—new, unread

PRICE: $75.00

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Gender relations were complex in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Wakashu, male youth, 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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