Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre

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Antonia Levi,, Mark McHarry, Dru Pagliassotti
McFarland, Apr 30, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
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"Boys' love," a male-male homoerotic genre written primarily by women for women, enjoys global popularity and is one of the most rapidly growing publishing niches in the United States. It is found in manga, anime, novels, movies, electronic games, and fan-created fiction, artwork, and video. This collection of 14 essays addresses boys' love as it has been received and modified by fans outside Japan as a commodity, controversy, and culture.

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

There’s a fair amount of repetition across the essays in this book, which was nonetheless quite useful to me. The ethnographic parts focus on non-Japanese fans, mostly German and American (with some ... Read full review

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I picked this up thinking, perhaps this will be illuminating as to queer readings of straight texts, and perhaps it will shine light on why straight people are so obsessed with gay sex (seriously: it ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Antonia Levi is a retired professor of Japanese history and popular culture. She is the author of one previous book and numerous articles on Japanese anime and manga. Mark McHarry is an independent scholar of both contemporary and Edo-period Japanese culture. His essays have been published in Queer Popular Culture: Literature, Media, Film, and Television and LGBT Identity and Online New Media, as well as other journals. Dru Pagliassotti is a professor of communication at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and the author of several books.

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