Beyond Boys Love in Japan: Asian Transfigurations of BL Media

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A La Trobe Asia public event

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Tuesday 10 March 2020 06:00 pm until Tuesday 10 March 2020 06:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia; 03 9479 5414
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La Trobe Asia
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Public Lecture

Boys love (BL) media, depicting romantic and sexual relationships between males, took root in commercial shōjo manga (girls’ comics) magazines in the early 1970s and quickly spread into other commercial and fan-produced media forms, including dōjinshi (fanzines), light novels, anime, drama CDs, live action films, collectible figures, and video games.

BL media has found a particularly receptive home in many parts of Asia, where it has often taken on new meanings and had different fan bases and cultural effects from in its country of origin.

Professor James Welker (Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University) will discuss discuss the sociocultural effects of BL media around East, Southeast, and South Asia. These effects range from helping female BL fans reconsider their attitudes towards romance, sex, and sexuality, to affecting attitudes about and representation of the LGBTQ community.

Professor Welker is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (Hawai‘i, forthcoming), and editor of BL ga hiraku tobira: Hen’yo suru Ajia no sekushuariti to jendā (BL opening doors: Sexuality and gender transfigured in Asia; Seidōsha, 2019).

Boardroom, Level 20, La Trobe University City Campus 360 Collins st Melbourne, VIC 3000

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