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“Trans Ecology and the Transgender Road Narrative”

This article identifies a particular subgenre of the road narrative, the transgender road narrative, analyzing the film “Transamerica” and the novel Nevada as representative examples. The first part draws on transgender studies scholarship, showing how these texts both depict a long history of trans (im)mobility and engage with the affective geographies of gender transitioning, including…

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Transnormativity: A New Concept and Its Validation through Documentary Film About Transgender Men

While prior research has called attention to how medically based, normative understandings of sex and gender place undue restrictions on transgender people’s autonomy, there has yet to be an attempt to consolidate this research into a recognizable concept that is situated within existing theoretical frameworks. This article uses documentary films focused on transgender men as…

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X-RECEPTION: Re-mediating Trans-Feminist and Queer Performance Art

What does it mean to move performance art, its archives, and repertoires-in this case the archives and repertoires of Trans-Feminist and Queer (TFQ) performance art-from a small stage with a limited, friendly, mostly insider audience to online platforms that offer a far wider audience? What are the possible consequences of these translocations and remediations, and…

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Blacktino Queer Performance

Staging an important new conversation between performers and critics, Blacktino Queer Performance approaches the interrelations of blackness and Latinidad through a stimulating mix of theory and art. The collection contains nine performance scripts by established and emerging black and Latina/o queer playwrights and performance artists, each accompanied by an interview and critical essay conducted or…

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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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New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut

B. Ruby Rich designated a brand new genre, the New Queer Cinema (NQC), in her groundbreaking article in the Village Voice in 1992. This movement in film and video was intensely political and aesthetically innovative, made possible by the debut of the camcorder, and driven initially by outrage over the unchecked spread of AIDS. The…

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Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 (Queer Screens)

Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 provides critical analysis of both mainstream and independent audiovisual works, many of them little known, produced in Mexico since the turn of the twenty-first century. In the book, author Paul Julian Smith aims to tease out the symbiotic relationship between culture and queerness in Mexico. Smith begins with…