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The Libertine's FriendHomosexuality and Masculinity in Late Imperial China$
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Giovanni Vitiello

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226857923

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226857954.001.0001

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Friendship and Love

Friendship and Love

(p.53) Chapter Two Friendship and Love
The Libertine's Friend
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This chapter examines the concept of friendship in relation to love between men in late Imperial China. It argues that the very concept of love circulating in late Ming culture was fundamentally influenced by the chivalric ideal of friendship between two men and that the egalitarian homosocial model of male friendship played a crucial role in shaping the generic concept of romantic love, irrespective of the gender of the lovers involved. The chapter also details the intellectual context of the rise of the so-called cult of love in the late Ming period.

Keywords:   male friendship, love between men, late Imperial China, Ming culture, chivalric ideal, homosocial model, romantic love, cult of love

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