Archive Biography Nonfiction

A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke, Youngest Daughter of Colley Cibber, esq.

Charlotte Charke, the estranged daughter of British poet laureate Colley Cibber, was an 18th century actress, playwright, novelist and noted transvestite. In this scandalous memoir, Charke recounts her extraordinary double life as “Charles Brown,” her career on stage in “breeches roles,” and her misadventures as a doctor, shopkeeper, sausage merchant, valet, groom, puppeteer, pastry cook,…

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Shimmering Images: Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change

In Shimmering Images Eliza Steinbock traces how cinema offers alternative ways to understand gender transitions through a specific aesthetics of change. Drawing on Barthes’s idea of the “shimmer” and Foucault’s notion of sex as a mirage, the author shows how sex and gender can appear mirage-like on film, an effect they label shimmering. Steinbock applies…

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WRITTEN BY THE BODY: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities

Within Native American and Indigenous studies, the rise of Indigenous masculinities has engendered both productive conversations and critiques. Lisa Tatonetti intervenes in this conversation with Written by the Body by centering how female, queer, and/or Two-Spirit Indigenous people take up or refute masculinity, and, in the process, offer more expansive understandings of gender. Written by…

Archive Art Critique Essay Humanities Law/Legal Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Onlining queer acts: Digital research ethics and caring for risky archives

This essay considers how the current compulsion to digital reproduction – the urge to digitize, network, and online previously not-online materials – offers researchers of and within queer circuits the opportunity to defamiliarize and denaturalize our participation in academic systems of exploitation and to reorient our work towards decolonizing research economies, habits, protocols, and relationships.…

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Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions

Now available for the first time–more than 50 years after it was written–is the memoir of Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka (1915-62), the British doctor and Buddhist monastic novice chiefly known to scholars of sex, gender, and sexuality for his pioneering transition from female to male between 1939 and 1949, and for his groundbreaking 1946 book Self:…

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“I am not a friend to men”: Embodiment and desire in Magnus Hirschfeld’s Transvestites case studies

This article reads sexological case studies of the fin-de siècle that contain accounts of trans women’s lives in the period. It argues that these sources contradict the diagnostic criteria that doctors determine as the factors that define trans feminine identity in the period: desire for men, social isolation, and tortured bodily dissatisfaction. Chief among these…