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Title: Queer male identities in modern Vietnamese literature
Author: Black, Joshua James Croft
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 1443
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis studies representations of queer, male-bodied characters in Vietnamese literature published between 2000 and 2013, taking as its first source the earliest Vietnamese novel that explicitly discusses homosexuality and examining a selection of later texts that deals with queer issues. The author catalogues the Vietnamese queer identities presented in these sources. Using popular identities and the definitions presented in the primary texts, this research presents, analyses and contrasts detailed definitions and common presentations of identities based around homoerotic inclination and gender transgression. On the basis that literature is an example of cultural discourse, this thesis reveals contemporary Vietnamese understandings of and attitudes towards these identities in contemporary Vietnamese society. Following on existing queer studies on other South East Asian contexts, this research is one of the first studies to focus on specifically Vietnamese understandings of these issues. The findings are situated within other regional queer theory.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral