This chapter, which examines the concept of the so-called libertine masculinity in late Imperial China by analyzing pornographic novels of the period, traces the rise and decline of the narrative trope of the libertine and highlights the changing standards of masculinity from the late Ming to the mid-Qing periods. It describes the protagonists and the narrative of several pornographic fictions including A Crazed Lady, The Plum in the Golden Vase, and A Libertine's Story.
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