Backward Glances

Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary

Author: Fran Martin

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822392631

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

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Backward Glances reveals that the passionate love one woman feels for another occupies a position of unsuspected centrality in contemporary Chinese mass cultures. By examining representations of erotic and romantic love between women in popular films, elite and pulp fiction, and television dramas, Fran Martin shows how youthful same-sex love is often framed as a universal, even ennobling, feminine experience. She argues that a temporal logic dominates depictions of female homoeroticism, and she traces that logic across texts produced and consumed in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan during the twentieth century and the early twenty-first. Attentive to both transnational cultural flows and local particularities, Martin shows how loving relations between women in mass culture are usually represented as past experiences. Adult protagonists revel in the repeated, mournful narration of their memories. Yet these portrayals do not simply or finally consign the same-sex loving woman to the past—they also cause her to reappear ceaselessly in the present. As Martin explains, memorial schoolgirl love stories are popular throughout contemporary Chinese cultures. The same-sex attracted young woman appears in both openly homophobic and proudly queer-affirmative narratives, as well as in stories whose ideological valence is less immediately clear. Martin demonstrates that the stories, television programs, and films she analyzes are not idiosyncratic depictions of marginal figures, but manifestations of a broader, mainstream cultural preoccupation. Her investigation of representations of same-sex love between women sheds new light on contemporary Chinese understandings of sex, love, gender, marriage, and the cultural ordering of human life.
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Cruising the Queer Streets of New York and London

Author: Mark W. Turner

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861891808

Category: Architecture

Page: 191

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Focusing upon gay street life in London and New York, Mark Turner presents this gay urban history of male street cruising.
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Exploring Italy, Reinterpreting America (1831-1866)

Author: Leonardo Buonomo

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838636497

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 115

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This study shows how, in the nineteenth century, Americans often described and narrated Italy as a way of reflecting on their own country and national identity in genres as various as travel literature, fiction, poetry, and journalism. Indeed, maintains author Leonardo Buonomo, Italy helped the Americans to relativize, if not redefine, the very idea of Americanness. The texts discussed here are James Fenimore Cooper's The Bravo (1831), Henry T. Tuckerman's The Italian Sketch Book (1835), Margaret Fuller's travel letters for The New York Tribune (1847-49), Julia Ward Howe's Passion Flowers (1854), Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun (1860), Henry P. Leland's Americans in Rome (1863), and William Dean Howells's Venetian Life (1866). Reading them as both literary and ethnographic documents, Buonomo contends that, although the texts were enjoyed primarily for their poetic vistas and panoramas, they also provided a running commentary on Italian customs and character.
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Lynch's Corner Short Stories Volume Six

Author: Charles Summers

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781450017435

Category: Fiction

Page: 193

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Backward Glances is volume six in the Lynch’s Corner Series. These short stories veer from the preceding five in that they focus on protagonists other than the Lynch-Carr family though there are a few lurking in the list of stories. Previous readers will find “The Fall of Jessup” an interesting conclusion to that flawed person. Others will delight in stories dealing with nuns in the Appalachians, archaeology in Egypt, young lovers groping for the rite of passage, University of Kentucky sports, illegal moonshine, and desperate people facing impossible situations. Some recurring characters visit once more, but for the most part, newer folks emerge and join the LC series. Enjoy.
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Backward Glances

Author: Maril Wrigg

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411635698

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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Backward Glances is the story of a hypnotherapist who is not a believer in reincarnation, who is confronted suddenly and unexpectedly by a small boy regressing spontaneously to a past life while he is being treated. How he comes to terms with this and how it helps him solve the boy's problems, and also untangle his own mixed up love life is part of the plot of this novel.
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Backward Glances

Author: S M Dooks

Publisher: Caxton Park

ISBN: 1843965224

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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In her third novel, Sue Dooks revisits scenes from the first two novels of her trilogy, largely set in the Cevennes mountains, as she unravels the untold events that still haunt Rosalind and her lover Matthew and others who were caught up in their story of daring love and unforeseen tragedy. For some characters it seems as if reconciliation to their fate will never be possible but place and myth quietly begin to work their magic and ghosts are laid to rest at last.In the first two novels of her trilogy - The English Girls and L'Hermitage - Sue Dooks shows how the consequences of our actions are never in our control and that to make amends for the forces we may unwittingly unleash will never be easy. In Backward Glances it is once again the power of love and the ability to forgive which brings an acceptance of the past which allows the possibility of a future for her characters.
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People and Events from Inside and Out

Author: Conrad Black

Publisher: Signal

ISBN: 0771009216

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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From the preeminent columnist, historian, and bestselling author writing at the top of his game comes an essential collection of writing on politics, economics, culture, religion, and more. Conrad Black is one of our best known writers, historians, and businessmen. This never-before-published collection of Conrad's finest journalism, selected from many of the most prestigious publications in the English-speaking world, spans his full career. Included here are Conrad's best columns on Canada, its history and future; the U.S. as superpower; the Middle East; the Catholic Church; Wall Street; and journalism. Also, influential columns on everything from free trade to prison reform; and unexpected delights, including a much-read column on rescued kittens. On all of these subjects, Conrad Black is an intellectual force and these are the reflections of a masterful stylist, whose opinions defy expectation and whose wit and brilliance is on display in everything he writes. From the Hardcover edition.
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Backward Glances, Or Some Personal Recollections (Classic Reprint)

Author: James Hedderwick

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780656886081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 346

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Excerpt from Backward Glances, or Some Personal Recollections About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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