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Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi

Amy Sueyoshi


In September 1897 Yone Noguchi (1875–1947) contemplated crafting a poem to his new love, western writer Charles Warren Stoddard. He viewed their relationship as doomed by their introverted dispositions and differences in background. While confessing his love to Stoddard, Noguchi had a child with his editor, Léonie Gilmour; became engaged to Ethel Armes; and upon his return to Japan married Matsu Takeda—all within a span of seven years. This book argues that Noguchi was not a dedicated polyamorist: He deliberately deceived the three women, to whom he either pretended or promised marriage while ... More

Keywords: race, Yone Noguchi, sexuality, Asian immigrants, same-sex affair, discrimination, sexual deprivation, Asians, California

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834975
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Sueyoshi, author
San Francisco State University