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Great Mirrors Shattered: Homosexuality, Orientalism, and Japan

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In 1986, John Whittier Treat went to Tokyo on sabbatical to write a book about the literature of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But once there, he found himself immersed in the emergence of new kind of Holocaust, AIDS, and the sweeping denial, hysteria, and projection with which Japan--a place where "there are no homosexuals"--tried to insulate itself from the epidemic.
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 25th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Daryl
Jul 09, 2011 Daryl rated it really liked it
Really odd. It's a meditation on why people come to study Japan, or different countries in general, and especially 'the Orient', and it's also a memoir of being gay in 1980s Japan, in the midst of the AIDS panic, and it's also a reflection of sex and homoeroticism and race and power. It's academic in a lot of ways, with quotes and footnotes and references to post-structuralism, the intertextuality worked in hard enough that many paragraphs alternate between quotes from all sorts of sources--nove ...more
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