"Polygamy and Sublime Passion: Sexuality in China on the Verge of Modernity" by Keith McMahon

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PAST POLYGAMY: Keith McMahon, professor of East Asian languages and cultures, has published his fourth book, “Polygamy and Sublime Passion: Sexuality in China on the Verge of Modernity.” The book explores the idea of “passive polygamy” in Chinese fiction of the Qing era. For centuries, polygamy and prostitution were standard parts of Chinese society. Qing fiction is filled with stories of female sexual superiority. McMahon explores how the literature preceded changes in the 19th century, when polygamy was abolished in China.

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