Postgraduate Breakfast Club: Gender Across the Disciplines

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9:00 am - 10:00 am


Leeds University Union - Common Ground

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Free - just turn up




Accessible, Alcohol free, Free

About this event

Following the success of last year’s Postgraduate Breakfast Club, we’re bringing it back. This year’s series is on gender studies and features a new host of University colleagues presenting their interdisciplinary research in way that is accessible to postgraduates of all levels and disciplines. The Breakfast Club offers you the chance to branch out from - or expand upon - your current work by considering gender as an interdisciplinary subject spanning across healthcare, psychology, media, and the arts.

The Breakfast Club is exclusive to postgraduate students and will run monthly throughout the year.

This month Professor Anna Madil will talk about Girls love ‘Boys’ Love’: Exploring sexuality and gender in yaoi manga as a global phenomenon  in a relaxed setting exclusive to University of Leeds postgraduates. He's provided the abstract below.

Manga, a style of comic, is central to contemporary Japanese visual culture and has become a global phenomenon with translated editions consumed in their millions worldwide. Different kinds of manga, in terms of story-line, drawing style, and character type, are targeted to markets segmented by age and gender. However, there is manga for virtually every niche interest. ‘Boys’ Love’ (aka ‘yaoi’) is a genre of manga portraying romantic and sexual relationships between young men and is targeted at, and largely consumed by, young women. Boys’ Love ranges in narrative complexity from multi-volume, emotionally intense love stories to short, ‘mood’ pieces. Dedicated female fans of Boys’ Love/yaoi are termed ‘fujoshi’, which translates literally as ‘rotten girls’. From a feminist perspective, this, seemingly derogatory, label appears an attempt to stigmatise fujoshi resistance to hetero-normative masculinity. That is not to say, though, that Boys’ Love texts are overtly political or, even, progressive. Indeed, in the main, Boys’ Love appears to offer traditional, romantic narratives with conservative social values. However, the genre does invite readings that explore ‘queer’ female identities. Translated Boys’ Love manga is available and increasingly popular outside Japan. This talk provides an introduction to Boys’ Love/yaoi manga and presents some observations from my own research on the genre in Anglophone regions and that of my PhD student – Yao Zhao – in Sinophone regions.