CFP: [Gender Studies] Girls Doing Boys Doing Boys: Japanese Boys' Love Anime and Manga in a Globalized World

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Mark McHarry
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Girls Doing Boys Doing Boys:
Japanese Boys' Love Anime and Manga in a Globalized World

Edited by Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry, & Dru Pagliassotti

This edited, interdisciplinary volume seeks to examine the new
representations of same-sex attracted males in boys' love and/or yaoi --
that is, male same-sex romance or erotica as featured in manga, manwha,
anime, videogames, fanfic, fanvids, artwork, and other media derivative of
the genre's Japanese origins. The collection's primary focus will be the
ways in which fans in countries and cultures other than Japan interpret and
use these genres, although the editors are open to contributions about
boys' love fandoms in Japan as well. We want to provide a broad overview of
scholarly essays and research in yaoi / boys' love studies and so encourage
work from all disciplinary perspectives. Scholarly work about slash fiction
is welcome, too, insofar as the genre is discussed within the framework of
boys' love / yaoi.

Papers should be between 5,000 to 20,000 words in addition to any
illustrations and well-grounded in theory and methodology. Shorter works
will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Potential approaches might include:

o Controversies and Legal Issues
o Fandoms and Fanfic
o Theoretical Models of Gender and Sexuality
o Genre Development and Adaptation
o The Publishing Industry
o Concepts of "Race" / Ethnicity in Yaoi and Boys' Love
o Queer / Gay Discourses of Yaoi / Boys' Love
o Comparison of Boys' Love and Yaoi Expressions in World Regions

Submissions must be previously unpublished (conference presentations are
acceptable) and in English. Manuscript format, especially citations and
references, should accord with the Chicago Manual of Style -- see

We encourage you to submit preliminary proposals by July 31, 2008, although
these are not mandatory. Notification of preliminary acceptances will be
sent by August 30. Manuscripts and artwork must be complete by November
15. Please note that all final decisions will be made upon seeing
completed works, not proposals or abstracts.

Proposals, papers, and questions should be emailed to

Further information and discussion can be found at

The collection will be published by McFarland & Co. in 2009.

Antonia Levi
Associate Professor of History (retired)
Portland State University
levia -- at --

Mark McHarry
Independent Scholar
markmcharry -- at --

Dru Pagliassotti
Associate Professor of Communication
California Lutheran University
paglia -- at --

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