Queering the cooking man: food and gender in Yoshinaga Fumi's (BL) manga

Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). Queering the cooking man: food and gender in Yoshinaga Fumi's (BL) manga. In Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma and James Walker (Ed.), Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan (pp. 233-252) Jackson, MS, United States: University Press of Mississippi.

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Author Aoyama, Tomoko
Title of chapter Queering the cooking man: food and gender in Yoshinaga Fumi's (BL) manga
Title of book Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan
Place of Publication Jackson, MS, United States
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781628461190
9781628461206
Editor Mark McLelland
Kazumi Nagaike
Katsuhiko Suganuma
James Walker
Chapter number 12
Start page 233
End page 252
Total pages 20
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
No one is perhaps more gender-conscious, and more widely acclaimed as such, among leading contemporary manga artists than Yoshinaga Fumi (1971-). Her ongoing work The Inner Chambers (Ōoku) has been awarded not only major manga awards but also the Sense of Gender Award (2005) and the James Tiptree, Jr., Award (2009), both of which are given to "science fiction or fantasy chat expands or explores our understanding of gender." Ooku is not a BL work but a historical fantasy, set in the Tokugawa period (1603-1868), and because it is serialized in a shōjo (girls) magazine, it is classified as a shōjo manga. However, as Mizoguchi Akiko notes, it is "arguably the most critically acclaimed manga work by an artist who started her career as a BL author." Yoshinaga wrote a number of BL works for both amateur dōjinshi and commercial outlets from the late 1980s. Mizoguchi believes that Yoshinaga's examination of "the fundamental questions of sexuality, reproduction, and gender ... within the framework of entertaining fiction with sexual depictions ... is the practice cultivated within the BL genre." Yoshinaga, unusually, if not uniquely, among successful commercial manga artists, is "openly feminist," both in her manga works and in other genres and activities such as essays and interviews. Thus, her work exemplifies the cutting edge of what BL can contribute to gender awareness. and vice versa, both within and outside the genre. With her continuous innovation the BL genre has widened in scope and attracted new audiences.

Besides being a feminist, Yoshinaga is also well-known for her special interest in food...
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