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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 Intimacies

Queer Intimacies

1899–1904

Chapter:
(p.78) Four Queer Intimacies
Source:
Queer Compulsions
Author(s):

Amy Sueyoshi

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834975.003.0005

This chapter examines Yone Noguchi's engagement to Ethel Armes and Charles Warren Stoddard's disapproval of it. By December 1903 Noguchi appeared to be married to Léonie Gilmour, even as he reinforced his engagement to Armes and wrote letters of affection to Stoddard. Noguchi and Armes's relationship proved particularly tortured as the two fell into disagreements. This chapter narrates how Noguchi and Armes became embroiled in queer intimacies as they promised to take each other's hand in marriage. It shows that Armes's involvement in intimate female “friendships” is proof of how seemingly separate worlds of male and female “romantic friendships” intertwined with confessions of subdued love as well as high drama.

Keywords:   marriage, Yone Noguchi, Ethel Armes, Charles Warren Stoddard, Léonie Gilmour, engagement, queer intimacies, female friendships, romantic friendships, love

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