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Focused on Chen Ruoxi’s 1986 queer Marxist novel, this chapter discusses the historical context for the emergence of a body of self-stylized queer fiction in Chinese. The primary aim of this chapter is to show that Chinese queer fiction did not emerge as a result of a globalizing liberalism, as is commonly assumed, but as a dialogue between Marxism and sexual minorities. An exemplary author of queer Marxism in Chinas, Chen is a native Taiwanese who repatriated to mainland China in the 1960s in support of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Chen wrote Paper Marriage, which is one of the earliest...

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