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Bordered Lives: Transgender Portraits from Mexico

A richly evocative collection of photographs by internationally renowned photographer Kike Arnal, Bordered Lives seeks to push back against the transphobic caricatures that have perpetuated discrimination against the transgender community in Mexico. Despite some important advances in recognizing and protecting the rights of its transgender community, including legislation against hate crimes targeting transgender people, discrimination…

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Queer: A Graphic History

Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up…

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“Special Book Review Section: Reviewing Mother Camp (Fifty Years Late)” (American Anthropologist)

“Why review a book—why have an introduction to seven reviews of a book—that was published almost fifty years ago? While Esther Newton’s ethnography Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America is nowadays almost reflexively called a “classic,” that term should raise questions in light of the latest debates about the place of classics and canons in…

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“Mix-Ups, Messes, Confinements, and Double-Dealings”: Transgendered Performances in Three Novels by Louise Erdrich

ouise Erdrich ‘s early poem “The Strange People” portrays a dynamic understanding of gender echoed inmany of her later fictiveworks.1 Narrated by a speaker who is half antelope, half woman, the poem details the relationship between a masculine hunter and his feminine prey.The antelope-woman isnotwounded by her hunter’s weapons, as his bullets merely “enter and…

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We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics

A collection of formally inventive writing by trans poets against capital and empire. Editors Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel offer We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics as an experiment into how far literature, written from an identitarian standpoint, can go as a fellow traveler with social movements and revolutionary demands. Writing…

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Exploring Means of Transgender Agency through Aesthetic Theory and Practice

This essay explores the complex relationship between gender and aesthetics, namely through the lens of the transgender movement. After a brief study of the challenges related to the history of gender variance and normativity, the essay will follow the trajectory of Kant’s Critique of Judgment, focusing primarily on the conception of the sublime, and move…