WIKINDX Resources  

Chao, Tien-yi. "Features of hybridization in In These Words." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4. (2013): 9–29. 
Added by: joachim (2/21/13, 11:41 AM)   Last edited by: joachim (5/30/13, 5:01 PM)
Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2012.757247
BibTeX citation key: Chao2013
Email resource to friend
View all bibliographic details
Categories: General
Keywords: "In These Words", Crime comics, Gender, Japan, Manga, Neko. Kichiku, TogaQ
Creators: Chao
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Views: 72/727
In These Words (ITW) is a comic created through a collaboration between writer Kichiku Neko and illustrator TogaQ, issued by Guilt | Pleasure since 2010. The comic presents a Japanese psychiatrist and a Japanese serial killer grappling with their tangled relationship. I argue that ITW significantly exemplifies Boys’ Love (BL) comics through its hybridization of cultures, national identities, artistic styles and genres. Using textual analyses and interviews, I study ITW as a case of ‘gloBLization’ (in Dru Pagliassotti’s words) and hybridization, by exploring issues such as cross-cultural and transnational representations in the work’s characterization, plot, visual representation and use of language, as well as its hybridity between BL and gay comics. The findings indicate that ITW achieves a breakthrough in the conventions of gender and genre. ITWs hybridization and ‘in-between-ness’ makes it a rare and significant work in the global BL market.
WIKINDX 6.10.2 | Total resources: 14578 | Username: -- | Bibliography: WIKINDX Master Bibliography | Style: Modern Language Association (MLA)