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Writing the Love of BoysOrigins of Bish nen Culture in Modernist Japanese Literature$
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Jeffrey Angles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669691

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669691.001.0001

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Postwar Legacies

(p.225) Conclusion
Writing the Love of Boys

Jeffrey Angles

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter explores the engagements with the subject of male homoeroticism in the postwar period. Edogawa Ranpo did not write openly about love between men in the postwar period. Instead, he sublimated his interest in male—male desire into the postwar novels he wrote for an adolescent audience. By contrast, Inagaki Taruho was more vocal in the postwar period about homoerotic love. He wrote a number of longer, essayistic treatments about the meaning and aesthetic implications of same-sex desire and eroticism. Murayama Kaita’s literary works received a revival of attention, especially among poets, when they were edited by Yamamoto Tarō and reissued in a single-volume collection in 1963. Despite the difference in readership, Kaita, Ranpo, and Taruho remained well known for their representations of beautiful young boys and love between men, inspiring visual artists, essayist, and manga authors to reflect upon their work.

Keywords:   homoeroticism, postwar period, Edogawa Ranpo, Inagaki Taruho, Murayama Kaita, same-sex desire, eroticism, manga

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