New Thesis on Yuri by Verena Maser on Yuri Essays Page

ILYiconNew on the Yuricon Essays page, we have Beautiful and Innocent: Female Same-Sex Intimacy in the Japanese Yuri Genre – PhD thesis by Verena Maser, examining the relationship between media content, its production, and its reception in Japanese popular culture in regards to Yuri. (Full text article available at linked page.)

Yuri scholarship is really starting to build up. If you know of or have written an article on Yuri, Yuri fandom or anything to do with Yuri, let us know, we’d love to link to your work!

6 Responses

  1. pakunHwang says:

    Hi, Erica-sama.
    i’m indonesian, a japanese literature’s student.
    right now i’m on my progress of writing my thesis, and my thesis is about masculinity in women’s character called Shizuma and Amane from yuri anime “Strawberry Panic!”… and to be honest, i’m kinda stuck right now… but thanks to this site, this is kinda help me out 😀
    Thanks…

    ps: do you open any sharing forum where people could discuss somethings related about yuri, with you? i meant, i would love to have a discussion with you 😀
    thanks alot.

    • Hello –

      Interesting thesis concept. I don’t see Shizuka as masculine in any way, really. She’s the aggressor in her relationship, but that isn’t an inherently “masculine” trait. Amane is boyish, but lots of women are, and the concept of the “Girl Prince” is firmly rooted in Yuri history. (http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2011/05/21840/) I’d like to see your essay when your done.

      You can find m on Twitter as @OkazuYuri, or even better we can have a discussion here, so other people can join in.

      • pakunHwang says:

        Yeah, ahaha. what i meant as masculine of Shizuma and Amane is physically, not psychologically. How Shizuma and Amane being drawn differently from Nagisa and Hikari. like, why shizuma and amane’s eyes were smaller, their shoulders were larger, their bodies were taller, their noses and their lips’ line were longer than the other two, etc. Like that.
        I use Peirce’s semiotic theory to analyze it…
        and really, right now i’m kinda stuck with my own research hahahaha… it’s 3/4 finished, but still..ugh…
        but i really am happy that i could get some helpful articles i needed here 😀 Really thanks! 😀

        Owh, i don’t use twitter 🙁

        ps: sorry for my bad grammar

        • That’s mostly standard manga shorthand…older, more worldly characters have smaller eyes, younger, more innocent characters have bigger ones. When you’ve complete your research, we’d love to add it to our essays page. ^_^

          • pakunHwang says:

            yes it’s a standard stereotypical hahaha. And that’s why i wanna ask about your opinion, as a CEO of english translation yuri manga, you must be really understand the basic difference between the ‘guy’ character and the ‘girl’ character in yuri manga. Can you explain your view about the ‘guy’ and ‘girl’ stereotypical difference in yuri manga? I would love to add this in my research, it’ll be really help me out 😀
            thank you! 😀

          • I discuss this in my essays on Yuri Tropes:

            40 Years of the Same Damn Story, Pt. 1 – Erica traces the history of the standard Yuri genre story, “There is a girl she likes another girl. The other girl likes her. They like each other. The end.” on her Hooded Utilitarian column, “Overthinking Things.”

            40 Years of the Same Damn Story, Pt. 2 – In the second of the series, Erica takes a look at the literary and historical history of the “Girl Prince” character so common on Yuri manga.

            Your approach to the characters as “masculine” is, IMHO a bit superficial. Amane is boyish, but Shizuma isn’t, not even a little. Shizuma is a seme, but not masculine. Amane is not a seme, nor is she uke. She and Hikari are both uke, but work it out together. There is no universal relationship between being the pursuer and being masculine in Yuri as there is in Boy’s Love.

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