Beautiful, Borrowed, and Bent: “Boys’ Love” as Girls’ Love in Shôjo Manga

  title={Beautiful, Borrowed, and Bent: “Boys’ Love” as Girls’ Love in Sh{\^o}jo Manga},
  author={James Welker},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={841 - 870}
  • J. Welker
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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