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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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Double Crossings

Double Crossings


(p.100) Five Double Crossings
Queer Compulsions

Amy Sueyoshi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts Yone Noguchi's return to Japan, his career ascent as an expert on the Occident, his deteriorating relationships with Léonie Gilmour and Ethel Armes, and his renewed affection for Charles Warren Stoddard between 1904 and 1909. Armes called off her engagement with Noguchi while Gilmour traveled to Japan to join him. Even before Gilmour's arrival, Noguchi had married and maintained a separate household with a Japanese woman, Matsuko Takeda. This chapter discusses Noguchi's personal ambivalence regarding the gravity of same-sex sexuality as a heinous crime and his understanding that homosexuality could ruin his career as a writer. It also considers how Noguchi's Japanese-language publications began to proclaim his heterosexuality more explicitly than in his previous writings.

Keywords:   same-sex sexuality, Yone Noguchi, Japan, Occident, Léonie Gilmour, Ethel Armes, Charles Warren Stoddard, Matsuko Takeda, homosexuality, heterosexuality

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