Boys Love Manga and Beyond
History, Culture, and Community in Japan

Edited By Mark Mclelland
and Kazumi Nagaike

Edited By Katsuhiko Suganuma
and James Welker

304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 42 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index

978-1-62846-119-0 Printed casebinding $65.00S

978-1-4968-0776-2 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Paper, $30.00

A critical examination of the "beautiful boy" love comics that enthralled fans in Japan and then worldwide

Contributions by Tomoko Aoyama, Patrick W. Galbraith, Barbara Hartley, Jeffry T. Hester, Ishida Hitoshi, Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Rio Otomo, Katsuhiko Suganuma, Kazuko Suzuki, James Welker, and Fujimoto Yukari

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 "beautiful boy" 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, "Boys Love" (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 female fans were getting involved by creating and self-publishing homoerotic parodies of established male manga characters and popular media figures. Today, a wide range of products produced both by professionals and amateurs are brought together under the general rubric of "Boys Love," 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.

Mark McLelland, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, is professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Wollongong. Kazumi Nagaike, Oita, Japan, is associate professor in the Center for International Education and Research at Oita University. Katsuhiko Suganuma, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, is a lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. James Welker, Yokohama, Japan, is associate professor of cross-cultural studies at Kanagawa University.

304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 42 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index