Editors: Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry and Dru Pagliassotti

Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, NC)

ISBN: 978-0-7864-4195-2


Levi, Antonia, Introduction (pp. 1-8)

Part One: Boys’ Love and Global Publishing

  • Donovan, Hope. Gift versus capitalist economies: Exchanging anime and manga in the U.S. (pp. 11-22).
  • Malone, Paul M. From BRAVO to Animexx.de to export: Capitalizing on German Boys’ Love fandom, culturally, socially and economically (pp. 23-42).
  • Abraham, Yamila. Boys’ Love thrives in conservative Indonesia (pp. 44-55).

Part Two: Genre and Readership

  • Pagliassotti, Dru. Better than romance? Japanese BL manga and the subgenre of male/male Romantic Fiction (pp. 59-84).
  • Isola, Mark John. Yaoi and slash fiction: Women writing, reading, and getting off? (pp. 84-98).
  • Stanely, Marni. 101 uses for boys: Communing with the reader in yaoi and slash (pp. 99-109).
  • Blair, M. M. “She should just die in a ditch”: Fan reactions to female characters in Boys’ Love manga (pp. 110-125).
  • Kee, Tan Bee. Rewriting gender and sexuality in English-language yaoi fanfiction (pp. 126-156).

Part Three: Boys’ Love and Perceptions of the Queer

  • Akatsuka, Neal K. Uttering the absurd, revaluing the abject: Femininity and the disavowal of homosexuality in transnational Boys’ Love manga (pp. 159-176).
  • McHarry, Mark. Boys in love in Boys’ Love: Discourses West/East and the abject in subject formation (pp. 177-189).
  • Vicars, Mark, & Senior, Kim. Queering the quotidian: Yaoi, narrative pleasures and reader response (pp. 190-210).
  • Hall, Alexis. Gay or gei? Reading “realness” in Japanese yaoi manga (pp. 211-220).
  • Williams, Alan. Raping Apollo: Sexual difference and the yaoi phenomenon (pp. 221-231).
  • Meyer, Uli. Hidden in straight sight: Trans*gressing gender and sexuality via BL (pp. 232-256).


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