Speakers & Experts
Dru Pagliassotti, Ph.D.Professor
"Dr. Dru" Pagliassotti is the chair of the Communication Department and teaches classes in news writing, copy editing, website design, and film theory; she also supervises student internships. Dr. Pagliassotti has co-taught several travel courses, including the art/communication course Imagining Venice, which took students to Venice and Florence in 2011 and 2013, and the history/communication course Faces of India, that took students to India in 2006. She's currently working on a course on comic books to be co-taught with Professor Terry Spehar-Fahey in the Art Department.
Dr. Pagliassotti's past research has examined the development and growing popularity of boys' love (yaoi) manga in the West. She hopes to squeeze in a study on the rise of the female-authored male/male romance novel as a discrete publishing niche between her department-chair responsibilities soon. Dr. Pagliassotti has recently written a chapter on the role of technology in steampunk romance and erotica for Steaming into a Victorian Future and is currently working on a manuscript about mad scientists in steampunk. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural.
Dr. Pagliassotti's interest in fiction and publishing arises from her own experience as the published author of three novels (with a fourth coming in September 2014) and a number of short stories. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow Press, which publishes horror anthologies, andwas the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror, for 11.5 years. Her past professional experience includes editorial work on print books, journals, and trade magazines; freelance Web site design; and serving as a content provider on roleplaying games for About.Com.
""Boy's Love" in the Western World"
The "boy's love" genre (slash, yaoi, shounen-ai) of male/male homoerotica, primarily written and read by heterosexual women, has been steadily growing in the Western world, most recently with the rapidly increasing importation of yaoi manga from Japan. Why has it become so popular, what kind of women read and write it, and what, if any, cultural differences exist in its fandom between various countries?