Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present)
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ISBN : 9780520292697
Category : LGBT
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"This lively and smart book by Jack Halberstam offers a new way of approaching the politics of 'naming, claiming, speech, silence, and protest' through an analysis of grammar, language use, social media, stories, poetry, theory, and film that foreground the multiple meanings of the trans* body. This is the treatise on the asterisks for which we have been waiting, blending academic and popular discourse in that Halberstam way. This book offers an incisive way of understanding trans* in relation to inventive world-making, the promises and dangers of state recognition and new forms of tolerance, and the imperative to keep our lenses wide enough to embrace a field of multiplicity. Halberstam navigates the tensions between trans* theory and feminism, its relation to inter-generational misprision, and the pervasive problem of white presumption that effaces the different histories, life narratives, and orientations to space, time, and the legacies of violence that vector through trans*. Some may worry that trans* does not give space enough to trans without the asterisks, but Halberstam seeks to broaden the category in the direction of inclusiveness, insisting that we understand the different modalities of violence as well as aesthetic forms of invention the belong to trans*. The book cracks open a future, resisting transphobia and ushering in a new horizon for anybody struggling with the norms they oppose and the forms of life they desire and deserve to live."--Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity




Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California.


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