Speakers & Experts
Dru Pagliassotti, Ph.D.Professor
"Dr. Dru" is the chair of the Communication Department and teaches classes in news writing, copy editing, and Web publishing, as well as one of the department's senior capstone courses, film theory. She 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 Faces of India, a history/communication travel course 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 research has examined the development and growing popularity of boys' love (yaoi) manga in the West and is now addressing the rise of the female-authored male/male romance novel as a discrete publishing niche. She has also recently written a chapter on the role of technology in steampunk romance and erotica for Steaming into a Victorian Future. Her YaoiResearch.Com blog helps others researching the topic keep track of new work in the areas. 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 work in the field as the published author of two novels (with two more coming in 2014) and a number of short stories. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow Press, which publishes horror anthologies, and for 11.5 years she was the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror. 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?