LGBT Literature


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LGBT Literature

Curated by Ta-wei Chi, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University

In Taiwan “LGBT” literature refers to literary works – fiction, essays, poetry, and drama – that deal with homosexuals and homosexuality. Through the influence of the Japane... (Read more)

Works and Authors
The Silent Thrush
The Silent Thrush Ling Yan

Ling Yan’s novel The Silent Thrush (1990) depicts the lives of common people in southern Taiwan in the mid-1980s. To satisfy audience demand, a travel... (Read more)

Platonic Hair
Platonic Hair Qiu Miaojin

Qiu Miaojin’s definitive works are Notes of a Crocodile (1997) and Letters from Montmarte (1995). Before the publication of those books, however, Qiu ... (Read more)

Notes of a Desolate Man
Notes of a Desolate Man Zhu Tianwen

Set in the 1990s (a period known as “fin de siècle” in Taiwanese literary circles), Zhu Tianwen’s novel Notes of a Desolate Man (1994) presents a fort... (Read more)

Stones on the Shore by Xu Yousheng(Hsu Yosheng)
Stones on the Shore by Xu Yousheng(Hsu Yosheng) Xu Yousheng

Xu Yousheng, a writer who was wed in Taiwan’s first public gay marriage ceremony, once traveled to New York City. His short story “Stones on the Shore... (Read more)

Searching for the Lost Wings of the Angels
Searching for the Lost Wings of the Angels Chen Xue

Chen Xue is Taiwan’s most prolific writer of literary fiction portraying lesbianism. While her novels have been well received, her first publication, ... (Read more)

Sodomy’s Necessity
Sodomy’s Necessity Chen Kehua

Sodomy's Necessity(Poem by Ko-Hua Chen, Translated by Simon Patton)waking from that shining night of the anus' first openingwe find that the back door... (Read more)

Rose, Rose I Love You
Rose, Rose I Love You Wang Zhenhe

Wang Zhenhe’s novels and short stories share common traits: first, Wang creates biting satire through the use of homophones, multilingual expression (... (Read more)

Destined for a Daughter by Lin Youxuan (Lin Yu-hsuan)
Destined for a Daughter by Lin Youxuan (Lin Yu-hsuan) Lin Youxuan

Fiction writer Lin Youxuan, whose works often portray young gay men, came to prominence around 2010. In the wake of the 1990s’ “golden age” of LGBT li... (Read more)

Dance of a Maiden
Dance of a Maiden Cao Lijuan

Cao Lijuan’s short story, “Dance of a Maiden” (1991), took first prize in the United Daily News awards for short fiction. The story’s main characters ... (Read more)

A Sky Full of Bright, Twinkling Stars
A Sky Full of Bright, Twinkling Stars Pai Hsien-yung

In the martial law era, spaces where gay men could interact were limited, public parks after dark often being the only place they could meet and make ... (Read more)

Related Content
Splendid Float (Film)
Splendid Float (Film)

Ma Yihang, PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University Splendid Float (2004) is documentary filmmaker Zero C... (Read more)

Spider Lilies (Film)
Spider Lilies (Film)

Ma Yihang, PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University Spider Lilies (2007) is Taiwanese director Zero Chou’... (Read more)

Love’s Lonely Flower (Film)
Love’s Lonely Flower (Film)

Hsiao Wenhua, MFA, Graduate Institute of Theatre Arts and Playwriting, Taipei National University of the Arts The song “Love’s Lonely Flower” (1952... (Read more)

Eternal Summer (Film)
Eternal Summer (Film)

Dan Tangmo , Film Critic Taiwanese director Chen Zhegdao’s Eternal Summer (2006) is a film about youth, coming of age, and same-sex love. The pictu... (Read more)

Dance of a Maiden (TV serial)
Dance of a Maiden (TV serial)

Wang Liru, PhD. student, Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University Director Cao Ruiyuan’s Dance of ... (Read more)

Crystal Boys (TV serial)
Crystal Boys (TV serial)

Dan Tangmo , Film Critic Pai Hsien-yung’s novel Crystal Boys, a classic of LGBT literature, portrays the conflicts surrounding issues of gender, pa... (Read more)

Candy Rain (Film)
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Dan Tangmo , Film Critic Candy Rain (2008) is advertisement director Chen Hongyi’s first feature film, a work that has been lauded by Taiwan’s lesb... (Read more)

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Vive l’Amour (Film)
Vive l’Amour (Film)

Dan Tangmo , Film Critic Vive l’Amour (1994) is director Cai Mingliang’s second film after Rebels of a Neon God. Set in 1990s Taiwan,... (Read more)

Rebels of the Neon God (Film)
Rebels of the Neon God (Film)

Dan Tangmo , Film Critic Rebels of the Neon God, Malaysian director Cai Mingliang’s first film, is filled with images of latent homosexuali... (Read more)

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