In A Queer Place And Time

In A Queer Place And Time

by Judith Halberstam, Michael Tyrell
     
 

In her first book since the critically acclaimed Female Masculinity, Judith Halberstam examines the significance of the transgender body in a provocative collection of essays on queer time and space. She presents a series of case studies focused on the meanings of masculinity in its dominant and alternative forms’especially female and

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In her first book since the critically acclaimed Female Masculinity, Judith Halberstam examines the significance of the transgender body in a provocative collection of essays on queer time and space. She presents a series of case studies focused on the meanings of masculinity in its dominant and alternative forms’especially female and trans-masculinities as they exist within subcultures, and are appropriated within mainstream culture.

In a Queer Time and Place opens with a probing analysis of the life and death of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man who was brutally murdered in small-town Nebraska. After looking at mainstream representations of the transgender body as exhibited in the media frenzy surrounding this highly visible case and the Oscar-winning film based on Brandon's story, Boys Don’t Cry, Halberstam turns her attention to the cultural and artistic production of queers themselves. She examines the “transgender gaze,” as rendered in small art-house films like By Hook or By Crook, as well as figurations of ambiguous embodiment in the art of Del LaGrace Volcano, Jenny Saville, Eva Hesse, Shirin Neshat, and others. She then exposes the influence of lesbian drag king cultures upon hetero-male comic films, such as Austin Powers and The Full Monty, and, finally, points to dyke subcultures as one site for the development of queer counterpublics and queer temporalities.

Considering the sudden visibility of the transgender body in the early twenty-first century against the backdrop of changing conceptions of space and time, In a Queer Time and Place is the first full-length study of transgender representations in art, fiction, film, video, and music. This pioneering book offers both a jumping off point for future analysis of transgenderism and an important new way to understand cultural constructions of time and place.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814735848
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
1 Queer Temporality and Postmodern Geographies
2 The Brandon Archive
3 Unlosing Brandon: Brandon Teena, Billy Tipton, and Transgender Biography
4 The Transgender Look
5 Technotopias: Representing Transgender Bodies in Contemporary Art
6 Oh Behave! Austin Powers and the Drag Kings
7 What’s That Smell? Queer Temporalities and Subcultural Lives
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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