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Lost And Found: The Socialization Of The Prostituted Body

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Haishang mingji sida jingang qishu offers a very colorful representation of the process whereby one becomes a prostitute. Beyond the laughter evoked by the incarnations of the four late Qing transgenderal gods, the question they also raise remains quite serious: how does the socialization of the prostituted body happen and on what diff erent linguistic and representational levels? What are the implications and the consequences that the loss of virginity, the very incipit of this process, engenders? These are fundamental questions, as the body is the measure of all things for a sex worker. Ming and Qing novels depict a woman's entrance into adult sexuality as heavily marked in terms of class and space.

Keywords: prostituted body; Qing transgenderal gods; socialization



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