Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Boys Love Manga and BeyondHistory, Culture, and Community in Japan$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461190

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461190.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 24 May 2022

An Introduction to “Boys Love” in Japan

An Introduction to “Boys Love” in Japan

An Introduction to “Boys Love” in Japan
Boys Love Manga and Beyond

Mark McLelland

James Welker

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter briefly examines Boys Love (BL)—a Japanese genre of fictional media focusing on romantic or sexual relationships between male characters, typically aimed at a female audience and usually created by female authors. This tradition fully developed into a self-conscious literary tradition devoted to extolling the charm of youthful male beauty during the Edo period (1603–1868). Confucianism saw women as inferior and not as suitable objects of admiration, and, following this teaching, most of the Edo writers deviated from the Western concept of “romantic love” and wrote narratives about the relationships between older and younger samurai. Additionally, the chapter introduces the four predominant terms that have been used to label and categorize BL which are used throughout the entire text—shōnen'ai, JUNE, yaoi, and BL.

Keywords:   Boys Love, fictional media, sexual relationships, literary tradition, youthful male beauty, Edo period, Confucianism, samurai

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.