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Contact MomentsThe Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures$
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Katsuhiko Suganuma

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083701

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.001.0001

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Allegorising the Erotic: Transforming Intercultural Queer Desires in John Treat's Great Mirrors Shattered

Allegorising the Erotic: Transforming Intercultural Queer Desires in John Treat's Great Mirrors Shattered

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(p.101) Chapter 4 Allegorising the Erotic: Transforming Intercultural Queer Desires in John Treat's Great Mirrors Shattered
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Contact Moments
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Katsuhiko Suganuma

Siu-lun Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.003.0004

Chapter 4 provides a literary analysis of John Treat's Great Mirrors Shattered by highlighting the moments of self-deconstruction in terms of his own racialised, gendered, and national identity. The chapter argues that his intentional deployment of Orientalist, racist and sexist narratives serves the purpose of denaturalising those discourses by representing them allegorically through the author's elusive subjectivity. Moreover, Treat's narrative of his own identity in the memoir intervenes in the modernist opposition between self and other, and effectively attests to the intermingling of the two. As a consequence, Treat's memoir demonstrates one possible way to confound the rigidity of politically-charged discourses such as that of Orientalism, racism, and sexism in a transnational context.

Keywords:   John Treat, anti-orientalism, race, deconstruction

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