Boys Love Manga and Beyond

Boys Love Manga and Beyond

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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 qbeautiful boyq 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. In recent decades, qBoys Loveq (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 who went on to establish themselves as major figures in Japan's manga industry. By the late 1970s many amateur women fans were getting involved in the BL phenomenon by creating and self-publishing homoerotic parodies of established male manga characters and popular media figures. The popularity of these fan-made products, sold and circulated at huge conventions, has led to an increase in the number of commercial titles available. Today, a wide range of products produced both by professionals and amateurs are brought together under the general rubric of qboys love, q and are rapidly gaining an audience throughout Asia and globally. 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. Some chapters detail the historical and cultural contexts that helped BL emerge as a significant part of girls' culture in Japan. Others offer important case studies of BL production, consumption, and circulation and explain why BL has become a controversial topic in contemporary Japan.... attention to stylistic aspects and draw a boundary between the shA┬Źnena#39;ai/JUNE categories and the yaoi/BL categories, that is, before and after the invention of the yaoi narrative structure and method. What separates these subgenres into the anbsp;...

Title:Boys Love Manga and Beyond
Author:Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma, James Welker
Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2015-01-28


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