The World of ‘S’ and the World of ‘L’: Lesbian Influences on Class S Fiction
Abstract: In this paper, I will analyze the interconnections between Class S and lesbian identity as exemplified by Yoshiya Nobuko’s early writings with the goal of reconciling two schools of thought—that Class S is inherently lesbian fiction, or that it does not depict lesbians at all. To do so, I will be examining “Yellow Rose” through the lens of biographical criticism in order to illuminate the inherent connection between the themes present in Yoshiya Nobuko’s writings and her lived experience as a same-sex attracted woman.
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