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Queer CompulsionsRace, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi$
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Amy Sueyoshi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834975

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834975.001.0001

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Queer Compulsions

Amy Sueyoshi

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines the confluence of race, sexuality, gender, and nation in the intimate relationships of Yone Noguchi. From his expression of impassioned love to Charles Warren Stoddard to his affairs with Léonie Gilmour and Ethel Armes, the book shows how Noguchi maneuvered through cultural and linguistic differences and managed to exist peaceably within prevailing moral mandates. Noguchi's intimacies illuminate how Japanese immigrants negotiated America's literary and arts community and achieved romantic fulfillment at the turn of the century—a period characterized by historians as a moment of extreme sexual deprivation and discrimination for Asians, particularly in California. Building on biographies of Yone Noguchi and studies of sexuality in turn-of-the-century America and late Meiji Japan, combined with debates about queer cultures and Western imperialism, this book reveals how Noguchi was able to articulate same-sex love and interracial marriage even in the face of racism.

Keywords:   race, sexuality, Yone Noguchi, Charles Warren Stoddard, Léonie Gilmour, Ethel Armes, Japanese immigrants, queer culture, same-sex love, interracial marriage

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