What is Japanese "BL Studies?" A historical and analytical overview

Nagaike, Kazumi and Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). What is Japanese "BL Studies?" A historical and analytical overview. In Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma and James Walker (Ed.), Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan (pp. 119-140) Jackson, MS, USA: University Press of Mississippi.

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Author Nagaike, Kazumi
Aoyama, Tomoko
Title of chapter What is Japanese "BL Studies?" A historical and analytical overview
Title of book Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan
Place of Publication Jackson, MS, USA
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781628461190
Editor Mark McLelland
Kazumi Nagaike
Katsuhiko Suganuma
James Walker
Chapter number 6
Start page 119
End page 140
Total pages 22
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The term "BL" (boys love) has been widely used since the mid-1990s to indicate prose and graphic novels and associated genres such as games, animated works, and films that deal with male-male romance, often including sexually explicit material and usually produced by women for female audiences. The theme of male homosexuality in women's literacy texts, however, has a much longer history. The novelist Mori Mari (1903-1987) is regarded as the pioneer of this innovative theme with her novellas published in the early 1960s. Even though at the time Mori was treated as an eccentric writer with unique aestheticism, her work inspired many younger women writers, artists, readers, and critics who were to develop the theme of shōnen'ai (love of boys, love between boys) in the 1970s in the genre of shōjo manga (girls' comics) and in the 1980s in both manga and prose fiction. Associated terms such as tanbi (aestheticism, as in the European fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century Japanese art and literature movements) and yaoi have also been used mainly in relation to amateur writing.'

In the 1970s and 1980s, shōnen'ai and yaoi attracted only limited critical and scholarly attention, but only recently has BL been acknowledged more widely, by Japanese and non-Japanese scholars alike, as a significant component of Japanese popular culture. However, "BL" might not always be the most appropriate term with which co analyze narratives expressing female fantasies of male homosexuality...
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