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Somewhat Queer Triangles: Yiyun Li’s “The Princess of Nebraska" and "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl"

  • Author(s): Cheung, KK
  • Editor(s): Evans, R
  • et al.
Abstract

This chapter analyzes two love triangles involving not only same-sex love, but also liaisons between two men who are a generation apart, and between two women a generation apart. These stories reveal the invasive social gaze on individuals who do not conform to traditional gender codes; the heteronormative pressure that drives gays and lesbians to seek refuge in sham heterosexual unions; and the contrast between the interdependent Chinese ethos that values lasting commitment and the independent US ethos that prioritizes personal fulfillment.

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