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Armour, William: "Representations of the Masculine in Tagame Gengoroh’s Ero SM Manga." In: Asian Studies Review 34 (2010), S. 443–466.
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BibTeX citation key: Armour2010a
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Keywords: Gender, Japan, Manga, Pornographie, Sexualität, Tagame. Gengorō
Collection: Asian Studies Review
Tagame Gengoroh (1964–) is a Japanese manga writer who specialises in erotic gay male SM themed comics. Though proliﬁc and having a substantial cult following in his native Japan, parts of the US and Europe, his work has not received the academic attention it deserves. This essay explores how Tagame constructs masculinity in three stories set in the context of wartime Japan. By drawing on several interdisciplinary areas to inform my reading of these narratives, I argue that, while on one level Tagame presents stories as graphic cartoon porn, on another level he weaves into the images and wording a much deeper sense of how homosociality can easily transform into homosexuality, despite his male characters being positioned as examples of hegemonic masculinity. The essay comments on how Tagame deterritorialises characters associated with wartime Japan such as the soldier, the POW and the kenpeitai by requiring them to engage in acts not typical of any deﬁnition of hegemonic masculinity, and then reterritorialises them into creating equally complex and horror-ﬁlled homosexual utopias.
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