In contemporary China, danmei, aka Boys Love, has evolved into a literary genre and subculture with legions of fan producers and consumers, the vast majority of whom are presumed to be heterosexual adolescent girls and youthful women referred to as ‘rotten’ girls, yet the male ‘rotten’ readership of danmei fiction tend to be overlooked. Given the fact that Chinese danmei narratives are prominently featured by a non-reversible seme (top) × uke (bottom) bipartite dichotomy, I propound that fanboys may either identify with the seme or uke role. The identification with virile seme characters, whose penetrated partners are enfeebled, accords with an orthodox masculine ideal, as manifested by Classical literature and the web-based ‘stud fiction’ and ‘feel-good writing’. When identifying with uke characters, danmei fanboys can still comply with the indigenous Chinese masculine ideal, in that it is constituted of two interwoven components, viz. wen embodying feminine attributes and wu embodying masculine attributes. Literati during the Wei and Jin dynasties and Northern and Southern dynasties resort to androgynous demeanour so as to escape from the status quo and social responsibilities. Similarly, danmei readers may identify with ukes and seek a sense of security and protection from the potent, invincible semes in a fictional world, thereby mitigating the social pressure in the real world.
|Konular||Sanat ve Edebiyat|
|Yayımlanma Tarihi||18 Nisan 2023|
|Yayınlandığı Sayı||Yıl 2022 Cilt: 8 Sayı: 1|
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