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date: 01 July 2022

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While tropes of exile and transgressive aesthetics have been prominent characteristics of queer-themed literature in Taiwan, this chapter focuses on queer homecoming as a literary and political imaginary. Rather than echoing or contesting critiques leveled at the domestication of queerness, for instance in the debates about same-sex marriage in Taiwan and elsewhere, to analyze representations of queer kinship provides insights about the displaced connection and meaning of home for queer subjects. Taking Chen Xue’s diary novel A Wife’s Diary as an example, this chapter treats queer homecoming as an intervention into a seemingly stable heteronormative structure. Such an intervention urges both queer subjects and their families to simultaneously navigate and negotiate a new type of kinship that is more inclusive than the traditional one. Queer homecoming allows us to rearrange and rethink the notion of home and thus creates a more welcoming familial environment.

Keywords: Chen Xue, queer literature, homecoming, kinship

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