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Author: Alexander Jackson Graves

Title: “Destroy Me!”

Subtitle: The Rape Fantasy as Transformation in a Japanese Male-Male Pornographic Video Game Series

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of Maryland at College Park

Advisor: Martha Nell Smith

Year: 2016

Pages: v + 93pp.

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | Asian History: Japanese History | Representations: Video Games


Link: DRUM: Digital Repository of the University of Maryland (Free Access)


Abstract: »The thesis explores the use of the rape fantasy in Japanese male-male pornography through an analysis of Nitro+CHiRAL's DRAMAtical Murder and DRAMAticalMurder: re:connect as case studies of the larger genre and cultural history. The thesis puts Western and Japanese scholars in conversation with one another to encourage more academic attention to the emerging fields of Boys Love (BL) and pornographic video gaming. The methodology relies on intersections between gaming, sexuality, and trauma studies to deconstruct the DRAMAtical Murder series' embodiments of rape with critical consideration to both the victim and the perpetrator.« (Source: Thesis)


  Note on Japanese Names and Terminology (p. ii)
  Acknowledgments (p. iii)
  List of Figures (p. v)
  Chapter 1: Introduction (p. 1)
    Section 1: Structure of the Thesis (p. 9)
    Section 2: Context—Defining Rape (p. 10)
    Section 3: Summary of DRAMAtical Murder and DRAMAtical Murder: re:connect (p. 14)
  Chapter 2: Methodology (p. 20)
    Section 1: Video Games as Genre (p. 21)
    Section 2: Pornography as Genre (p. 25)
    Section 3: Image as Genre (p. 29)
    Section 4: Methodology Conclusion (p. 32)
  Chapter 3: Analysis (p. 32)
    Section 1: Visual Analysis of Aoba (p. 37)
    Section 2: Visual Analysis of Mink (p. 41)
    Section 3: Sexuality as Expectation (p. 45)
    Section 4: Sexuality as Testimony (p. 60)
    Section 5: Sexuality as Transformation (p. 74)
  Chapter 4: Conclusion (p. 84)
    Section 1: A Study of Genres (p. 85)
    Section 2: Looking to the Future (p. 87)
  Bibliography (p. 90)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Heisei period | Video_game: Japan-exclusive video games / Dramatical Murder