Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan

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9781628461190: Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan
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""Boys Love Manga and Beyond," the first comprehensive analysis of the boys love phenomenon in Japan, traces narratives of beautiful boys and young men across a range of media and reading publics. While crafting a remarkably cohesive volume, the editors have also made room for lively disagreement among their writers, opening questions that will no doubt inspire vigorous debate inside and outside the classroom. Drawing from diverse disciplinary homes, the authors unite in their attention to historical context, analytical precision, and close readings of diverse boys love texts. "Boys Love Manga and Beyond" exemplifies the best of cultural criticism, keenly aware of the politics and pleasure of fantasy. An indispensable book for all interested in contemporary Japanese popular culture."--Jan Bardsley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Essays by Tomoko Aoyama, Patrick W. Galbraith, Barbara Hartley, Jeffry T. Hester, Ishida Hitoshi, Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Rio Otomo, Katsuhiko Suganuma, Kazuko Suzuki, James Welker, and Fujimoto Yukari In recent decades, Boys Love (or simply BL) has emerged as a mainstream genre in manga, anime, and games for girls and young women. This genre was first developed in Japan in the early 1970s by a group of female artists. By the late 1970s, many amateur women fans were getting involved and creating and self-publishing homoerotic parodies of established male manga characters and popular media figures. The popularity of these encouraged a surge in the number of commercial titles. Today, a wide range of products, produced both by professionals and amateurs, is rapidly gaining a global audience. This collection provides the first comprehensive overview in English of the BL phenomenon in Japan, its history and various subgenres and introduces translations of some key Japanese scholarship not otherwise available. Boys Love Manga and Beyond looks at a range of literary, artistic, and other cultural products that celebrate the beauty of adolescent boys and young men. In Japan, depiction of the "beautiful boy" has long been a romantic and sexualized trope for both sexes and commands a high degree of cultural visibility today across a range of genres from pop music to animation.

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