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A third gender : beautiful youths in Japanese Edo-period prints and paintings (1600-1868) / Joshua S. Mostow and Asato Ikeda, with the assistance of Ryoko Matsuba
Bib ID 7089922
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Description Toronto, ON : Royal Ontario Museum Press, [2016] 
215 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm 
ISBN 9780888545145 (paperback)
0888545142 (paperback)
Summary

Gender relations were complex in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868). Wakashu, male youth, were desired by men and women, constituting a third gender; with their androgynous appearance and variable sexuality. For the first time outside Japan, A Third Gender examines the fascination with wakashu in Edo-period culture and their visual representation in art, demonstrating how they destabilize the conventionally held model of gender binarism.The volume will reproduce, in colour, over a hundred works, mostly woodblock prints and illustrated books from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries produced by a number of designers ranging from such well-known artists as Okumura Masanobu, Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro and Utagawa Kunisada, to lesser known artists such as Shigemasa, Eishi and Eiri. A Third Gender is based on the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art in Canada, including more than 2,500 woodblock prints.

Notes

Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Royal Ontario Museum from May 7, 2016 to November 27, 2016.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Prints, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Exhibitions.  |  Painting, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Exhibitions.  |  Youth in art -- Exhibitions.  |  Boys in art -- Exhibitions.
Other authors/contributors Mostow, Joshua S., 1957- writer of added commentary  |  Ikeda, Asato, writer of added commentary  |  Matsuba, Ryoko, writer of added commentary  |  Royal Ontario Museum, issuing body, host institution

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