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Chinese-speaking popular cultures have never been so queer in this digital, globalist age. The title of this pioneering volume, Boys’ Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan already gives an idea of the colorful, multifaceted realms the fans inhabit today. Contributors to this collection situate the proliferation of (often online) queer representations, productions, fantasies, and desires as a reaction against the norms in discourses surrounding nation-states, linguistics, geopolitics, genders, and sexualities. Moving beyond the easy polarities between general resistance and capitulation, Queer Fan Cultures explores the fans’ diverse strategies in negotiating with cultural strictures and media censorship. It further outlines the performance of subjectivity, identity, and agency that cyberspace offers to female fans. Presenting a wide array of concrete case studies of queer fandoms in Chinese-speaking contexts, the essays in this volume challenge long-established Western-centric and Japanese-focused fan scholarship by highlighting the significance and specificities of Sinophone queer fan cultures and practices in a globalized world. The geographic organization of the chapters illuminates cultural differences and the other competing forces shaping geocultural intersections among fandoms based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Note on Romanization and Chinese and Japanese Names
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jing Jamie Zhao, Ling Yang, and Maud Lavin
  3. pp. xi-xxxiv
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  1. I. Mainland China
  1. 1. Chinese Danmei Fandom and Cultural Globalization from Below
  2. Ling Yang and Yanrui Xu
  3. pp. 3-19
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  1. 2. Cosplay, Cuteness, and Weiniang: The Queered Ke’ai of Male Cosplayers as “Fake Girls”
  2. Shih-chen Chao
  3. pp. 20-44
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  1. 3. “The World of Grand Union”: Engendering Trans/nationalism via Boys’ Love in Chinese Online Hetalia Fandom
  2. Ling Yang
  3. pp. 45-62
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  1. 4. Queering the Post–L Word Shane in the “Garden of Eden”: Chinese Fans’ Gossip about Katherine Moennig
  2. Jing Jamie Zhao
  3. pp. 63-90
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  1. 5. From Online BL Fandom to the CCTV Spring Festival Gala: The Transforming Power of Online Carnival
  2. Shuyan Zhou
  3. pp. 91-110
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  1. 6. Dongfang Bubai, Online Fandom, and the Gender Politics of a Legendary Queer Icon in Post-Mao China
  2. Egret Lulu Zhou
  3. pp. 111-128
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  1. II. Hong Kong
  1. 7. Desiring Queer, Negotiating Normal
  2. Eva Cheuk Yin Li
  3. pp. 131-156
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  1. 8. Hong Kong–Based Fans of Mainland Idol Li Yuchun: Elective Belonging, Gender Ambiguity, and Rooted Cosmopolitanism
  2. Maud Lavin
  3. pp. 157-176
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  1. III. Taiwan
  1. 9. Exploring the Significance of “Japaneseness”: A Case Study of Fujoshi’s BL Fantasies in Taiwan
  2. Weijung Chang
  3. pp. 179-194
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  1. 10. Girls Who Love Boys’ Love: BL as Goods to Think with in Taiwan (with a Revised and Updated Coda)
  2. Fran Martin
  3. pp. 195-220
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Notes on Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789888390441
Related ISBN
9789888390809
MARC Record
OCLC
999671192
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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