Queer Encounters between Iron Man and Chinese Boys' Love Fandom

Transformative Works and Cultures, No. 17, 2014, DOI: org/10.3983/twc.2014.0561

36 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2015

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John Wei

Laureate International Universities - Media Design School

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

Superhero fan fiction is increasingly popular in the Chinese boys' love (BL) community. An exploration of the fan fic Gangtiexia: Zhongdu Yilai (Iron Man: Overly attached) investigates how the Hollywood cultural icon Iron Man/Tony Stark is reimagined in Chinese BL culture and to what degree this kind of rendition both echoes and extends as well as challenges and deviates from our current insights into BL fandoms. Through the lenses of queerness and technological human transformation, I explore the fresh contribution of Iron Man fan fiction to both local BL cultures and global superhero fandoms.

Keywords: BL; Cyborg; Fan fiction; Film; Superhero; Yaoi

Suggested Citation

Wei, John, Queer Encounters between Iron Man and Chinese Boys' Love Fandom (September 1, 2014). Transformative Works and Cultures, No. 17, 2014, DOI: org/10.3983/twc.2014.0561, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649256

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