Boys’ Love Manga

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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 U.S. 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 commodity, controversy, and culture.

Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre
Editors: Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry & Dru Pagliassotti
ISBN: 978-0-7864-4195-2
Ebook: 978-0-7864-5627-7
$39.95 | softcover (7 x 10)

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Table of Contents

Antonia Levi

Part One: Boys’ Love and Global Publishing

1. The Gift of Anime: Cooperative Distribution of Boys Love Anime and Manga in the U.S.
Hope Donovan

2. From BRAVO to to Export: Capitalizing on German Boys’ Love Fandom, Culturally, Socially and Economically
Paul M. Malone

3. Boys’ Love Thrives in Conservative Indonesia
Yamila Abraham

Part Two: Genre and Readership

4. Better than Romance? Japanese BL Manga and the Subgenre of Male/Male Romantic Fiction
Dru Pagliassotti

5. Yaoi and Slash Fiction: Women Writing, Reading, and Getting Off?
Mark John Isola

6. 101 Uses for Boys: Communing with the Reader in Yaoi and Slash
Marni Stanley

7. “She Should Just Die in a Ditch”: Fan Reactions to Female Characters in Boys’ Love Manga
M. M. Blair

8. Rewriting Gender and Sexuality in English-Language Yaoi Fanfiction
Tan Bee Kee

Part Three: Boys’ Love and Perceptions of the Queer

9. Uttering the Absurd, Revaluing the Abject: Femininity and the Disavowal of Homosexuality in Transnational Boys’ Love Manga
Neal Akatsuka

10. Boys in Love in Boys’ Love: Discourses West/East and the Abject in Subject Formation
Mark McHarry

11. Queering the Quotidian: Yaoi, Narrative Pleasures and Reader Response
Mark Vicars and Kim Senior

12. Gay or Gei? Reading “Realness” in Japanese Yaoi Manga
Alexis Hall

13. Raping Apollo: Sexual Difference and the Yaoi Phenomenon
Alan Williams

14. Hidden in Straight Sight: Trans*gressing Gender and Sexuality via BL
Uli Meyer


List of Contributors



“At last, this collection pries open the last of the closet doors and allows for the analysis of the narratives of gay, transgendered, and intersexual subjects to emerge. Manga have been a unique source and archive of such work, slowly developing what has become a massive, global fan base. Each of the narratives in this anthology takes on a particular facet of the complicated and complex area of culture that surrounds the boys’ love genre, moving the discussion—finally—out into the light of day.”

Frenchy Lunning, editor-in-chief, Mechademia and professor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

“This volume, with its cross-cultural approach combined with a strong focus on fannish activities, is certainly a valuable contribution to the [manga studies] movement.”

Nele Noppe, Transformative Works and Cultures

Boys’ Love Manga is a very welcome contribution to the field of manga and anime studies. It has something to offer in particular to scholars of gender and sexuality, of globalisation, and of new media.”

James Welker, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific