May 30, 2024  
Catalogue 2024-2025 
    
Catalogue 2024-2025
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WFQS 381 - How Queer is That?

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as ASIA 381 ) Topic for 2024/25a: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: Understanding the Global Phenomenon of Asian Boys Love Media. As a genre, Boys Love (BL) first appeared in Japanese manga (comics and graphic novels) in the 1970s. Though focused on male-male romances between high school students, university students, or young men working office jobs, these stories were written and illustrated predominantly by women for a female readership. Through pirated scanlations, the genre quickly expanded beyond Japan and manga to include novels, zines, and online fan fiction in other Asian countries as well as in the West. Since 2014, when the genre first migrated to television and web series, BL has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of shows (many based on novels and fan fiction) as well as fan meets, hit songs, and product tie-ins. This course investigates BL’s global reach using text and methodologies from fan studies, literary studies, media studies and feminist and queer studies. In particular, we explore BL’s significance for debates about female erotics and feminism, queer identities and politics, ongoing legacies of Orientalism, and the dynamics of global capitalism. Jeffrey Schneider.

One 2-hour period.

Course Format: CLS



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