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Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet: Ten Queer Stories (Sinotheory)

Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet: Ten Queer Stories (Sinotheory)

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Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Publisher:
Duke University Press
ISBN:
9781478030065
Pages:
312
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Description

Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet is the first English-language collection of short stories by Cui Zi'en, China's most famous and controversial queer filmmaker, writer, scholar, and LGBTQ rights activist. Drawing on his own experiences growing up in socialist and postsocialist China, Cui presents ten queer coming-of-age stories of young boys and men as they explore their sexuality and desires. From a surreal fairytale depicting a ragtag crew of neighborhood boys in the throes of sexual awakening to a chronicle of the gender-bending and homoerotic entanglements of university students to romantic love triangle erotica to a story that examines teacher-student love and the norms of sex and age, Cui centers queer sexuality as a core part of human experience. Richly imaginative and vividly written, Platinum Bible of the Public Toilet portrays the emergence of queer cultures in postsocialist China while foregrounding the commitments to one's erotic and passionate attractions even as they lead to cultural transgressions. This volume includes a preface by and an interview with the author.

About the Author

Cui Zi'en is a film director, writer, and activist. He is Associate Professor at the Film Research Institute of the Beijing Film Academy. Petrus Liu is Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at Boston University. Lisa Rofel is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.