“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.
Table of Contents
Part One: Boys’ Love and Global Publishing
1. The Gift of Anime: Cooperative Distribution of Boys Love Anime and Manga in the U.S.
2. From BRAVO to Animexx.de to Export: Capitalizing on German Boys’ Love Fandom, Culturally, Socially and Economically
Paul M. Malone
3. Boys’ Love Thrives in Conservative Indonesia
Part Two: Genre and Readership
4. Better than Romance? Japanese BL Manga and the Subgenre of Male/Male Romantic Fiction
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
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
10. Boys in Love in Boys’ Love: Discourses West/East and the Abject in Subject Formation
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
13. Raping Apollo: Sexual Difference and the Yaoi Phenomenon
14. Hidden in Straight Sight: Trans*gressing Gender and Sexuality via BL
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 of Mechademia and professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.