This chapter explores the text-making activities of fans in the form of fan magazines and fan letters, and the imaginary but contingent worlds they conjure up, looking at the supposedly unorthodox script in which fan letters are written, a script labeled “abnormal shōjo script” by detractors. It also discusses the homoerotic aesthetic linking the Takarazuka actors and the New Half phenomenon in Japan, speculating about androgyny as a body politics that serves to interrogate the naturalized dualities of male and female, masculine and feminine, and Japanese and others.
Keywords: fan magazines; fan letters; abnormal shōjo script; homoerotic aesthetic; androgyny; Takarazuka actors; modern Japan
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