Ming Zhang, Chinese Slash Fiction

Slash fan fiction, a fan-generated literature centering on male-male romantic and/or erotic relationships based on characters from media texts, is widely popular in China. Unlike Western scholars who have examined slash fan fiction in relation to commercial power systems, gender hierarchy, and “queer” spaces, Chinese scholars have paid more attention to its literary characteristics, such as narrative and aesthetic perspectives.

Even though some Chinese scholars have discussed the motivations of participants and sexual issues within Chinese slash fan fiction, they have still narrowed their studies to an exploration of its ethical and moral dilemmas. More research needs to be done on Chinese slash fan fiction and its associated fan cultures of writers and readers.

Based on a close reading of selected Chinese Harry Potter, (HP) slash fan fiction contents and interactions between writers and readers on a particular Chinese slash fan fiction website, this research explores how Chinese slash fan fiction and female fan communities specifically contribute to the negotiation of gender and sexuality in the context of cultural globalization, state censorship and the Chinese commercial online fan literature market. In addition, through interviewing 8-10 Chinese HP slash fan writers and readers by face-to-face and email, this research examines how writing and reading slash fan fiction impacts on their everyday lives in mainland China.

Ming is supervised by Bronwen Thomas, Jenny Alexander and William Proctor, all based in the Faculty of Media and Communication.