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La vida sexual en la Antigua China

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El particular refinamiento de la cultura china se manifiesta, una vez más, cuando se trata de comprender su concepción de la sexualidad y los secretos de sus costumbres eróticas. Como parte fundamental de la existencia, el mundo sexual no dejó de ser pensado y organizado en la antigua China hasta en sus más mínimos detalles y circunstancias: manuales de alcoba, álbumes ilu ...more
Published 2007 by Siruela (first published 1961)
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Hermes
The Cloud and Rain, before the Qing

Although Robert van Gulik/Gao Lo-pei/(高羅佩, was not a discoverer, I could not help thinking of the similarities with Richard Burton when I read this book. Both were highly literate polyglots and colourful products of the colonial age, who wanted to give back some of the history to the cultures they studied. Both also showed a great interest in sexuality. Where Richard Burton concentrated on India and the Arab world, Robert van Gulik’s main interest was China. Be
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Helmut
Dec 16, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eine Frau kann ein Kaiserreich zum Einsturz bringen
Im heutigen China ist Sexualität ein Tabuthema. Man redet nicht darüber, und Pornografie ist verboten und wird auch im Internet hart zensiert. Dass das chinesische Verhältnis zur Sexualität nicht immer so zurückhaltend war, erkennt der Leser klassischer chinesischer Literatur sehr schnell, wenn er Werke wie das Jin Ping Mei, Der Goldherr besteigt den weissen Tiger oder, als berüchtigtstes erotisches Werk überhaupt, The Carnal Prayer Mat aufschlä
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Patrick
Sexual Life in Ancient China is quite an interesting read given that it was written in the 1950's when most existing literature on China was in the "orientalist" school, which was dominated by Western academics who argued about the meanings of words and were often quite conservative, chastising "the East" for being backward, non-Western, etc. Robert van Gulik certainly played into the then prevalent discourse of "orientalism" and gets quite racist at times. I found his ideology to be quite racis ...more
Gouty
Aug 18, 2008 Gouty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent book, written by one of the great (if not the most esoteric) China scholars in the 20th century. I normally would give anything by R.H. Van Gulik a 5 star review, but the problem is that the edition of this book which I bought years and years ago in Tokyo is true to the first edition, in that all the "naughty bits" are in Latin.
Ivan
Sep 09, 2011 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent pioneering study of the courtship, romance, sexual relationships and women's destinies in Imperial China. Perhaps this volume would have benefitted from additional references regarding early (BCE) Chinese historical figures, set in the same format as for the litterary ones.
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Robert Hans van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat best know for his Judge Dee stories. His first published book, The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, was a translation of an eighteenth-century Chinese murder mystery by an unknown author; he went on to write new mysteries for Judge Dee, a character based on a historical figure from the seventh century. He also wrote academic books, mostly on Chinese history ...more
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