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A Third Gender: Beautiful Youth in Japanese Edo-Period Prints (1600-1868)

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youth in Japanese Edo-Period Prints (1600-1868)

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

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ROM; Illustrated edition (May 3 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 215 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0888545142
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0888545145
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 kg
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 24.38 x 1.78 x 29.46 cm
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