(Un)gendering the homoerotic body: Imagining subjects in boys' love and yaoi

Mark McHarry

Abstract


Language is a condition for a subject's formation, and identity is a factor in a subject's understanding of self. The Japanese-derived literary forms boys' love and yaoi portray male subjects as valorizing and acting on same-sex erotic desire, yet with little or no sense of possessing a same-sex desiring identity. Following Elizabeth Grosz, Julia Kristeva, and Michel Foucault, a reading is performed of a Western yaoi fan fic to explore how subjects in yaoi and boys' love enter into language, and hence subjectivity.

Keywords


Anime; Boys' love; Comic market; Dojinshi; Fan fiction; Gender; Manga; Queer; Yaoi

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