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Red Love Across the Pacific

Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

  • Editors
  • Ruth Barraclough
  • Heather Bowen-Struyk
  • Paula Rabinowitz

About this book


This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire.


Socialism Communism Feminism LGBT/ Queer Studies Twentieth-Century History Twentieth-Century Literature Biography Film Asian Studies Australian Studies Pacific Studies Soviet Union American Studies Working-class Studies Russian Art Cold War communism dictatorship feminism Japan Korea revolution socialism

About the authors

Tomoko Aoyama, University of Queensland, Australia Rosemary Hennessy, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University, USA Aaron S. Lecklider, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA Julia Mickenberg, University of Texas at Austin, USA Nicole Moore, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia Jiseung Roh, Incheon National University, Korea Daniel Sanderson, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Australia Alan Wald, University of Michigan, USA Maria Zavialova, Museum of Russian Art, Minnesota, USA

Bibliographic information


"This incredibly timely collection maps the vogue for stories of eros and revolutionary politics that spread across the Asia Pacific through writing, art, and activism. Grappling with works that have been distorted by state repression and self-censorship, the authors demonstrate their compelling and often surprising implications and legacies." Cheryl Higashida, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

"Red Love Across the Pacific brings together cutting-edge work by leading scholars from Australasia, Asia, Russia, and North America. The result is a completely new understanding of the history of revolutionary movements in the trans-Pacific." Theodore Hughes, Columbia University, USA

"Red Love Across the Pacific is a unique and inspired collection of essays, brilliantly conceived Barraclough, Bowen-Struyk, and Rabinowitz are without a doubt the most eminently qualified to put together a collection such as this, and the diversity of their geopolitical fields of specialization has allowed them to envision a volume that is transnational rather than simply international." Elyssa Faison, University of Oklahoma, USA